Trees and Hedges
Reporting Hedges/Dangerous Trees
Please note the Council has a policy for trees in its ownership relating to what works we can do and when we will do the work.
Trees are an integral and vital part of our environment that are just as important locally as they are globally.
Broxtowe Borough contains millions of trees that not only take the form of forests, woods and hedgerows in rural areas but also the trees that line our streets, populate our parks & public spaces and stand in our gardens too.
All trees are a valuable resource that provide us with oxygen, absorb pollution and carbon dioxide, inhibit the sound of traffic, make our urban environment more pleasant and add value to our properties as well as sustaining wild fauna and flora, providing a living link to the past and many other benefits.
The ways trees help us are extensive with benefits that we all probably take for granted but rarely perceive.
Our Work and the Environment
Consideration will always be given by the Borough Council and its Tree Contractors, as to the impact of any tree pruning or felling on local wildlife.
- Before undertaking any pruning or felling works the nature conservation value of individual trees is assessed.
- All trees are checked for signs of the presence of nesting birds. This is particularly relevant during the period between March and late August. Should a viable nest be discovered all work will stop, the task will be re-evaluated and relevant advice sought.
- All trees are checked for signs of the presence of bats. When the presence of bats is suspected all work will stop, the task will be re-evaluated and relevant advice sought.
- When a tree provides a protected wildlife habitat yet poses a danger to the public and must be felled or pruned then mitigation measures will be agreed. The safety of the public must be the priority consideration when assessing all tree works.
- Tree works will take place over the full calendar year. However on sites where there is likely to be a high environmental impact e.g. Local Nature Reserves work will be scheduled to take place in periods when the impact on local wildlife is minimised.
- Dead wood will be left on the ground in habitat piles wherever possible.
- Bird and bat boxes are provided when suitable locations are identified.
Find Out More
Information on who is responsible for the maintenance of trees in public areas and highways and how to report your concerns.
Information on the rules and regulations surrounding trees in private ownership, i.e. your neighbour's trees.
Information on the rules and regulations surrounding nuisance of high hedges.
Information on the rules and regulations surrounding work performed on trees in conservation areas.
Information on the rules and regulations surrounding work performed on trees with Tree Preservation Orders.
Pruning trees at any height or using dangerous tools are jobs that you should only consider using a skilled arborist (tree surgeon) for. We've provided some helpful tips to ensure you hire the right person for the job.
Links to useful websites and organisations involved with trees, hedges, and arboriculture.