Trees - Frequently Asked Questions, Useful Information and Contacts
The Planning Authority receives many enquiries about trees, most of which are the responsibility of others. Please examine the questions below in order to direct your query to the most appropriate service/organisation. Further useful contacts are also provided.
Is the tree in a verge adjacent to a public road?
Warwickshire County Council is responsible for maintaining all trees on the public highways (roads, pavements, verges).
Tel. 01926 412515 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the tree on a property owned by a Housing Association?
A Housing Association, as the owners of the tree, may be responsible for maintenance. Please contact them directly with your request or concerns about trees on housing association land. You or the housing association would only require consent to work on a tree from the Council if the tree is the subject of a Tree Preservation Order or if it is located within a Conservation Area.
Orbit Group Tel. 03458 500 500
Stonewater Housing Association Tel. 01384 471087
Bromford Housing Group Tel. 0845 6050604
Gloucestershire Housing Association Tel. 01452 529255
Beth Johnson Housing Association Tel. 0121 5253131
Warwickshire Rural Housing Association Tel. 01530 278080
Is the tree in an open space owned by Stratford on Avon District Council?
Street Scene is responsible for the maintenance of parks and open spaces within the District
Tel. 01789 260616 Email: email@example.com
Is the tree causing an obstruction to a pavement or highway?
If the tree is obstructing a pavement or highway, please contact Warwickshire County Council Roads and Travel on Tel. 01926 412515 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete an on-line form to report a dangerous tree.
Is the tree obstructing a rural footpath/public right of way?
If you do not know who owns the tree
In some instances it is very difficult to track down the owner of the tree on private land. The Land Registry (Gloucester Office) holds information on ownership of property in the District. Tel. 01452 511111 or complete and online contact form.
If the land is not registered then please seek legal advice.
In the case of developments such as courtyards or conversions, there may be a management company responsible for the maintenance of communal land.
Who controls the felling/management of privately owned trees growing on land other than garden land?
The Forestry Commission would be the main organisation controlling the felling and management of trees on land other than garden land. If you are felling more than 5m? of timber in a quarter calendar year (these trees may be within hedgerows, fields, woods but not gardens), then you may require Forestry Commission Felling Licence.
If the land is within a Site of Special Scientific Interest, you will need to seek consent from Natural England for written consent before undertaking any work.
My neighbour's tree is affecting my property. What are my rights?
Where the tree is not in a Conservation Area and is not covered by a TPO, you are allowed to under Common Law to cut back the branches to your legal boundary. If you prune beyond your boundary without the permission of the owner of the tree, you will be trespassing and causing criminal damage. You should notify your neighbour of your intentions and ask if they wish to have the pruning returned to them. If they do not want it, it will be your responsibility to dispose of it yourself. A solicitor or Citizens Advice Bureau can advise further. If you believe the tree to be causing damage to your property, contact your solicitor or your insurance company for advice.
Can the Council recommend a good tree surgeon?
The Council cannot recommend any one tree surgeon. However, the Arboricultural Association a "trade organisation", publishes a list of members who work in the District and are approved, certified and fully insured. Other tree surgeon can be found in the local Yellow Pages.
- Woodland Trust
- Natural England
- Forestry Commission
- Forestry Commission English Woodland Grant Scheme
- Forestry Commission Tree Felling – getting permission
- Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Hedgerow Survey Handbook
- National Hedge Laying Society
- Arboricultural Association
- The Tree Council
- Warwickshire County Council Biodiversity Action Plan
- Warwickshire County Archaeologists and Ecologists
- Warwickshire County Council Roads and Travel
- Warwickshire County Council Rights of Way
- Stratford District Council Street Scene
- Communities and Local Government – Tree Preservation Orders
- Land Registry
- Citizens Advice Bureau
Stratford-on-Avon District Council Useful Links & Contacts
- Trees and landscape
- Protected Trees
- Trees in Conservation Areas
- Conservation Areas
- The Hedgerow Regulations
- High Hedges
Tel. 01789 260304 Fax. 01789 260630