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:
The Council's Tree Service has move from reactive maintenance to cyclical programme from 1 April 2019 to comply with Islington Council's Tree Policy, which requires all recorded trees to be inspected for a general assessment and pruning requirement once every three years.
This means the Council will no longer provide a reactive service for tree works.
Why has this being done?
To comply with Islington Council's Tree Policy which requires all recorded trees to be inspected for a general assessment and pruning requirement once every three years.
How do I know when my tree works are due?
Please see the schedule below:
For further details visit www.Islington.gov.uk//sports-parks-and-trees/trees
What will happen next?
The Council's Tree Service will contact you in the allocated year. An inspector will either visit or write to arrange a site visit.
The following reasons will not constitute grounds for the pruning or removal of trees by the council:
•Interference with satellite dish TV reception
•Excessive leaf fall
•Where tree is perceived to be too large
•Obstruction of view
•Mess caused by insects or birds
•Problems associated with fruit
•Problems associated with pollen
•Healthy mature trees will not be removed to create space to plant new trees
•Someone is willing to pay for the removal and replacement of a tree the perceived risk that will cause subsidence in the future
•Causing disruption to pavements, kerbs, garden paths and walls. In these cases engineering solutions will be sought
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.
Tree Officer – PFI / Education
Islington Public Realm
PO Box 2025
Tel : 020 7527 2000
Last updated June 2022