Trees in Leaseholder's Properties
All trees on council land are protected.
Anyone who prunes or removes trees without authorisation or otherwise damages trees on council land will be committing criminal damage, and will face legal proceedings and possible prosecution.
This can include fines of up to £20,000 in addition to compensation and replacement costs, and or imprisonment.
Trees in Leaseholder Properties
Communal/Shared Gardens Leaseholders:
If you are a leaseholder who has use of a communal/shared garden you will need to contact Partners if you feel that a tree needs pruning.
Leaseholders are not permitted to undertake tree pruning of any form in communal/shared gardens and would be subject to the same penalties set out in the section ‘Trees on Council Land’ if any unauthorised tree pruning is carried out.
Private Garden Leaseholders:
If you hold a lease including private use of a garden, you are responsible for maintaining it. This includes the pruning of any trees within that garden.
Please contact the Tree Preservation Officers for advice on permitted tree works and information about local tree surgeons.
Trees which are Preserved and Trees in Conservation Areas
If your tree is the subject of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), or if your home is in a Conservation Area there are additional legal responsibilities placed on leaseholders.
Please contact the Tree Preservation Officers for advice on the protected status of your tree and advice on obtaining permission for tree pruning.
Before you decide to do any Tree Work
Before you decide to do any tree maintenance work:
Please contact Partners to confirm if you are responsible for the maintenance of the tree/s.
If you are responsible for the maintenance of the tree/s, then contact the Council’s Tree Preservation Officers to confirm the protected status of your tree and whether you need written permission for the works.
They will be able to advise you what is in the best interests for the tree concerned and what works are required and necessary.
Jon Ryan, Tree Preservation Officer
Tel: 020 7527 2150