Trees in Public Areas

Information on the Maintenance of Trees in Public Areas and Highway Tree Pruning

The Maintenance of Trees in Public Areas

The number of trees under the council's authority runs to many hundreds of thousands. Most of these trees have grown and continue to grow making a valuable contribution to the local landscape with no detrimental effect to anyone. Other trees, however, may be in places that require them to be pruned.

Most of the time it is impossible for us to tell if someone is experiencing problems with a Council owned tree as people look upon trees differently.

It is important therefore, if you are experiencing a problem with a tree in our ownership, to let the Council know with as much advance notice as possible by contacting the Grounds Maintenance Team. The tree will then be assessed in line with our Management Policy for Trees in Council Ownership. 

Highway Tree Pruning

Nottinghamshire County Council are responsible for maintaining all highway trees.

Highway trees are classed as those growing in the footpath/grass verge adjacent to the road.

If you have a complaint or would like to request work to a highway tree please contact Nottinghamshire County Council.

Reporting a Concern

When reporting your concern it is advisable to bear the following points in mind:

  • Emergencies will be dealt with promptly and will take priority over any other tree concerns.

  • Any other non-emergency request for pruning will be assessed in line with the Council's Tree Policy and if works are required they will be added to the waiting list for tree works. Please be aware that due to the hazardous nature of tree works and the need to work safely you may experience a wait of approximately 6 months.

  • Please give the council as much notice as possible when reporting any non-emergency concerns for the reasons stated above.

  • Works will be done in priority order with issues concerning legal nuisances or severe inconvenience being undertaken before works requested for more aesthetic reasons.

  • Works to privately owned trees cannot be undertaken by this Council except in extraordinary circumstances. Usually a charge will be made to the landowner for this service.

Grounds Maintenance
tel: 0115 917 7777
Nottinghamshire County Council
tel: 0300 500 8080