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Tree Management

We manage and maintain a large number of trees throughout the District’s towns. Hertfordshire County Council maintains trees in villages and rural areas.

Routine maintenance and long term planning of trees is essential to maintaining a healthy population for now and in the future.

The Council's tree maintenance strategy aims to:

  • Provide for a continuity of local tree scapes by establishing a tree population with a balanced age structure and diverse species mix
  • Conduct periodic maintenance and conservation works appropriate to the nature of each site
  • Improve the safety of trees for the enjoyment of the general public

Urgent and emergency tree works

We carry out undertake urgent and emergency tree works, including out of hours, in the following areas:

  • Council-owned land including parks and open amenity areas, cemeteries and car parks. Call during office hours 01462 474000, out of hours call 0300 777 4125.
  • Highway trees maintained by us located in Letchworth Garden City, Baldock, Royston, Hitchin (including Ickleford) and Great Ashby. Call during office hours 9.00 to 17.00hrs 01462 474000, out of hours call 0300 123 4047.
  • Hertfordshire County Council maintained trees in all other areas than above. Call 0300 123 4047.

Highway Tree Maintenance

The management of highway trees is primarily concerned with maintaining public safety and with the provision of an amenity.

Trees located on North Hertfordshire’s highways and in and around towns, are inspected every three years to ensure that they are in a healthy condition, are free from defects which may lead to branch shedding, are not obstructive to users of the highway and do not obscure sight lines, traffic signals, street lights or road signage. Any necessary pruning or felling identified by our trees specialists is scheduled accordingly.

Tree pruning

Trees will normally be pruned for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Where part of tree is dead, dying, damaged, diseased or dangerous to rectify the defect and maintain safety
  • To remove or alleviate an unreasonable source of nuisance or potential damage to people or property
  • To remove obstructing branches or foliage for safety purposes and to improve the vision of CCTV cameras
  • To encourage the formation of a safe and balanced tree or control its overall size
  • To remove or reduce the risk of existing or future damage. This may include entering private land, with the owner’s consent, to deal with roots originating from a Council maintained tree

If you identify a tree with the above characteristics, please contact our Customer Service Centre.

Limited or seasonal nuisance

The presence of trees near dwellings, especially in urban areas, can cause a limited or seasonal nuisance leading to complaints from residents. Examples include the shedding of leaves, seeds, fruit, petals and other debris, honeydew secreted by aphids, bird droppings, squirrel activity, shading of sun or daylight, obstruction of views, minor rubbing of telephone lines, interference with television and satellite entertainment and tree size.

The Council does not consider these nuisances to be sufficiently serious to warrant high priority action except in special circumstances, e.g. an emergency call line for a disabled person. Requests to alleviate such nuisances will therefore, generally be given low priority status and only minimal action taken to avoid spoiling the appearance of the tree.

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