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Trees in Plymouth
Trees are a vital part of Plymouth’s urban environment: they provide oxygen, absorb pollution and noise, give shade and shelter from the elements and reduce stress; provide habitat to wildlife. In short, trees are essential for healthy living.
- Learn about Plymouth’s Plan for Trees and its key principles: Promote, Protect, Care and Enhance trees in the city here.
Before you consider doing any works to a tree(s) you should find out if it is protected by a Tree Preservation Order or are within a Conservation Area. If the trees are protected, you will need to gain consent by making an application / give notice to the council.
- Contact for Tree Preservation Orders: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information about existing Tree Preservation Orders in Plymouth
Privately owned trees
Responsibility for trees growing in private gardens or on private land is with the owner of the land on which the tree is growing.
- Information about a civil dispute related to high hedge or trees
- Find an Arboricultural Association Registered tree surgeon
Trees in schools
The responsibility for the management and maintenance of trees within school grounds rests with the Governing body of each individual school.
If the tree is on land belonging to a housing trust or a housing association please contact the landlord.
- List of registered Social Landlords
Chalara ash dieback is a fungus that affects ash trees. We’re monitoring the disease outbreak and are currently in the process of developing an ash dieback action plan.
- Find out how to identify a tree with chalara at the Forestry Commission website.
- If you find an ash tree that you think has the disease, you need to tell the Forestry Commission.
- View resources by Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum.
Other tree felling controls
If you intend to remove trees, groups of trees or trees within woodlands that are not located within in a garden, orchard, public open space or churchyard you may be required to obtain a felling licence from the Forestry Commission whether or not a Tree Preservation Order is in force. The Forestry Commission also offers grants to help with the planning, planting or maintenance of woodlands.
- Further information on Felling Licenses
We do not prune or remove a council tree to reduce or stop:
- Leaf litter (including fruit and twigs)
- Nuisance of minor overhanging branches
- Birds droppings or insect droppings
- Poor television or satellite reception
- Loss of views
- Loss of light or shading
Pruning during the bird nesting season March to September might be prohibited if a close inspection of trees identifies any bats or birds residing in the trees.
Bats and birds are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000: it is an offence to deliberately or recklessly disturb them or damage their roosts or habitat
For further advice contact:
- Natural England on 0300 060 3900 or email email@example.com
- Bat Conservation Trust on 0345 1300 228 (Bat Helpline) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Council owned trees
We are responsible for keeping council owned trees in a healthy and safe condition. Trees on Council land include trees:
- on the highway (i.e. within the road, roadside grass verge, or footpath)
- in a public park, open space or area of formal play
- within a Countryside site managed by the Council
- in woodlands and nature reserve
- on farms managed by the council