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Trees management

Work the council will not carry out on council owned trees

We will not remove branches or trees which:

  • overhang private property
  • affect views or interfere with TV reception
  • affect solar collection arrays
  • are dropping debris
  • are nearly touching buildings, walls, roofs, etc
  • could cause root damage to structures
  • are blocking light
  • are particularly high in relation to nearby property

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Work the council will carry out on council owned trees

In maintaining our trees we will remove:

  • dead, dying and dangerous trees
  • damaged and dangerous limbs
  • limbs which are obscuring highway signs, traffic lights or lamps
  • limbs which are interfering with telephone lines

If you have concerns about one of our trees and feel that it needs our attention please phone customer services on 01202 265275 with details of the trees location and your concerns.

They will then notify a tree officer who will assess the tree and take appropriate action. Please note that any request for work on branches will not be considered unless the branch circumference is greater than 50mm (2 inches).

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Privately owned trees - (Tree Preservation Order)

A tree preservation order (TPO) is an order made by us to protect trees that are privately owned and make a significant contribution to the amenity of an area. For further information please visit our privately owned trees (tree preservation order) page.

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Carrying out tree works yourself

We usually have no objection to property owners carrying out tree work or engaging a contractor at their own expense, provided that:

  • if access is required onto Borough of Poole land or into a Borough of Poole tree, our permission is sought well in advance
  • the tree is not situated adjacent to, or on, one of the following open spaces: - Alexandra Park, Blake Dean Road open space, Branksome Chine or woods, Branksome recreation ground, Branksome Dene chine, Broadstone recreation ground, Coy pond and gardens, Flaghead chine, Poole park and Sopers lane open space. If the tree is adjacent to one of these areas please contact a tree officer on 01202 265275
  • the tree is not situated in a conservation area, or protected by a tree preservation order.
  • any work done to a tree is not detrimental to its health or stability; please obtain advice from a qualified tree surgeon
  • tree pruning work, whoever does it, needs to be carried out to an acceptable standard, the British Standard Recommendations for Tree Work 3398:2010.
  • you notify us of the proposed work and commencement date

A tree less than 25 centimetres (10 inches) in diameter, that has not been deliberately planted - resident can cut back vegetation or branches to their boundary from their side because:

a: the tree is not yet a significant feature of the environment or contribution to the amenity

b: the branches are not likely to be so large as to be a potential risk to the resident carrying out the works themselves, from their own side of the boundary fence

c: removal of branches to provide up to 4 metres separation from the canopy to ground level will allow reasonable use of space without long term damage to the health or stability of the tree

Trees larger than 25 centimetres (10 inches) in diameter - removal of branches may not be desirable because:

a: the tree will be damaged by the removal of a large branch or all branches on the neighbouring property side

b: the resulting remainder will be unsightly for the resident and neighbours and lead to request to fell the tree later

c: there is a risk to residents safety if major tree work is attempted

If a tree surgeon is employed to undertake tree surgery, they will need to go onto council land to climb the tree. In these cases, we will need to agree the proposed works, have sight of the tree surgeons public liability insurance and qualifications to undertake the work.

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Tree damage to property

If you believe a council owned tree is causing damage to your property and you want to make a claim, please write to Financial Services who will forward your claim to the borough's insurers. You need to provide as much information as possible and you may be required to support your claim with an independent expert's report.

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Tree root growth and drains

In their search for water, roots will tend to follow moisture gradients. Growth will be increased in the direction of highest water potential. If there is a zone of very dry soil, they cannot detect water beyond and go in search of it. For this reason they will not enter a drain, unless there is already a defect allowing water to leak. They may thrive on the surface of the drain, exploiting water which condenses if the drain is cooler than the surrounding soil. Where water is abundant, for example from a leaking drain, roots will grow and multiply to exploit that source, sometimes entering drains through small cracks, blocking pipes in the process.

Based on Tree Root Damage to Buildings - Biddle. P.G. Vol. 1 Causes, Diagnosis and Remedy (1998)

Commemorative trees

We do not currently have a commemorative tree scheme.

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