Tree and hedge management

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Tree management services are carried out by Amey, who are also responsible for dealing with all enquiries related to our tree stock.

Amey play a lead role in delivering the Trees and Woodland Strategy and our commitment to protect, plant and maintain trees and woodland within Peterborough.

Sustainable systems of management are promoted with the aim of:

  • maintaining or enhancing the tree population
  • facilitating the removal of dangerous or potentially hazardous trees
  • promoting biodiversity and conservation of the tree and woodland eco-system
  • conserving veteran trees with significant ecological, historical and amenity value
  • establishing a tree population with a balanced diversity of age class
  • optimising the use of timber and other products of tree management

Programme of tree works

In order to meet the council’s duty of care, Amey carry out a systematic and thorough survey of all council owned trees.

The first full cycle of tree surveying is in progress, and will follow ward boundaries.

Please note: A list of all planned tree maintenance work and notifications are available 14 days before work starts. If you wish to comment, please contact us.

Trees and woodlands strategy

The City Council’s Trees and Woodlands Strategy was approved by full Council on 18 April 2012 and forms part of the Council’s major policy framework. The strategy was an update of the 1998 document which was subject to external consultation throughout 2011.

Tree and woodlands strategy

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The strategy includes a number of key issues including a proposal to move away from response based reactive works to a programme of inspections, followed by tree works based upon those findings.

A ‘right tree in the right place’ framework is also being developed which is hoped to avoid the selection and planting of inappropriate tree species.

  • maintain or enhance the tree population
  • facilitate the removal of dangerous or potentially hazardous trees
  • promote biodiversity and conserve the tree/woodland eco-system
  • conserve veteran trees with significant ecological, historical and amenity value
  • establish a tree population with a balanced diversity of age class
  • optimize the use of timber and other products of tree management.

Tree management decisions that are based on high quality management information will help to deliver tree care in an even and consistent way throughout the authority.

Tree and Woodland Strategy 2018 Update

The council has had considerable success in delivering the 2012 Strategy, but we think now is the time to update and refresh it. Before we do, we are seeking your views as to whether this consultation draft is a suitable Strategy. 

Comments can be made  online from 9.00am on 2 March until 11.59pm on 29 March 2018Alternatively, a comments form can be downloaded and returned by e-mailing or by post to:

Peterborough City Council
Sustainable Growth Strategy
Town Hall
Bridge Street

Please note: all comments will be uploaded to our online consultation portal and will not be confidential.

All comments received will be taken into consideration by the council before a final Strategy is approved later in 2018.

We are also consulting on an updated Biodiversity Strategy.

Tree safety or nuisance

In order to meet our duty of care under the tree related legislation and case law, Amey carry out a systematic and thorough inventory survey of all trees under our ownership.

Initial surveys are hoped to identify and address any safety and legal nuisance issues posed by council owned trees. The first cycle of the surveys will be carried out according to geography, the surveyors will move systematically from ward to ward. 

The timing of subsequent surveys will be evidence lead and will depend upon, for example, tree health and condition, or the proximity of targets. Additionally, we are very grateful to receive enquiries relating to any of the following issues:

  • tree collapsing or uprooting
  • splits and cracks in trunks and branches
  • broken branches in crown
  • deadwood in crow
  • bracket fungi appearing from on or around the tree
  • obstruction of access or sightlines (i.e.visibility)
  • branches touching or damaging buildings
  • branches affecting service cables
  • root damage to walls, surfaces and pavings
  • subsidence damage.

Amey will carry out a one-off inspection of the tree in question and, where appropriate, arrange for maintenance work to be carried out.

High hedges

Details about how to complain about a high hedge are available on the pollution and nuisances page

Woodland management

There are three separate woodlands that make up Bretton Woodlands: Grimeshaw Wood, Pocock’s Wood and Highlees Spiney. The woodland management plan sets out a policy that will ensure the integrity of the woodlands are preserved and that management will be on an ecologically sound and sustainable basis. 

Tree planting

Where trees are regrettably identified for felling, excluding those thinned for sound tree and woodland management, Amey will undertake replacement planting. 

Every effort will also be made to increase in tree cover by introducing new planting, placing great emphasis on use of appropriate tree species. As surveys of each ward are undertaken opportunities for replacement and additional planting will be assessed. Current planting proposals include the following:

Contact us about trees and hedges

If you would like to make an enquiry regarding a tree which you believe to be council owned, please contact customer services.

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