Tree Management Policy

Document Date

20/10/2022

Created by

Parish Clerk

Category

Policies

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WOLLASTON PARISH COUNCIL
TREE MANAGEMENT POLICY

This policy identifies the Parish Council’s approach to the management of trees on land owned by the Parish Council. It is intended to act as a point of reference for the public, Councillors and Council employees to ensure a clear, consistent and structured approach to the management of trees.
As landowner, the Parish Council has a duty of care to ensure that all of the trees on its land are kept in an acceptable condition and do not put person and/or property at unreasonable risk.
The Parish Council have undertaken a programme of work to identify all trees within its ownership. Thereafter, regular inspections of trees will be carried out by a qualified arboriculturalist on all land owned by the Parish Council. The frequency and timings of inspections will be informed by independent advice provided by an arboricultural expert, taking into account of the Parish Council’s duty of care but at least every three years.
Save for the purposes of dealing with proven cases of harm to property which would otherwise place undue financial burdens on the Parish Council, or where it would be good arboricultural practice to ensure the long-term amenity of trees which are of significant value, only dead, dying, diseased or trees causing a danger will be removed or made safe – whichever is deemed necessary.
A prioritised programme of tree work will be maintained based on the inspections and with an emphasis on planned rather than reactive tree maintenance.
The Parish Council will allocate sufficient resources to ensure that it is able to manage the trees that it owns.
Consideration will always be given to the impact of any tree pruning or felling on local wildlife. Tree work will be scheduled to take place in periods where the impact on local wildlife is minimised. Opportunities in the vicinity or elsewhere within the Parish to provide wildlife habitats and reuse/recycle the waste wood produced will be pursued wherever practicable.
The Council will ensure all tree works are carried out to the most up to date relevant British Standards for Tree Work. Tree pruning will only be undertaken where there is sound justification for the work. Where pruning is undertaken, it will be in accordance with good arboriculture practice to ensure minimum harm to the tree and every effort will be made to ensure the general shape and character of each tree is retained.
The Council will not fell or prune trees on Council owned land solely to alleviate problems caused by natural and/or seasonal phenomena.
The Parish Council will not fell or prune trees solely for the reason that they are causing interference with television or satellite reception, unless complainants have taken other measures to improve reception without success and it can be proven that pruning will improve reception. In considering any action, the Council will take account of the amenity value of the trees concerned.
The Parish Council will give consideration to any complaints or requests regarding trees on Council owned property, taking into account it’s tree management policy and/or advice from a qualified arboricultural expert.
This applies to trees in the ownership of Wollaston Parish Council – at the time of writing this includes: Neale Close open space, London Road playing field, Pocket Park, St Mary’s play area, Pyghtles open spaces and Millennium trees at Hinwick Road
Signed …………………………………… Chair of Wollaston Parish Council
Date ……………………………………….. Reviewed October 2022, Next Review October 2024