Trees,woodlands and hedges

Privately owned trees

Responsibility for trees growing in private gardens or on private land is with the owner of the land on which the tree is growing. If you have a civil dispute related to trees you are advised to contact your solicitor.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and Trees in Conservation Areas

To check whether a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order or is within a Conservation Area visit further Information on TPO’s and trees in conservation areas.

If you wish to carry out work to trees that are covered by a Tree Preservation Order or lies within a Conservation Area visit Tree Work Applications.

Other tree felling controls

If you intend to remove trees, groups of trees or trees within woodlands that are not located within in a garden, orchard, public open space or churchyard you may be required to obtain a felling licence from the Forestry Commission whether or not a Tree Preservation Order is in force. The Forestry Commission also offers grants to help with the planning, planting or maintenance of woodlands.

Council owned trees

Trees on Council land are managed by various departments within the Council. To report a problem with a tree on council land in the borough please use the links below.


If you wish to report a problem with a tree or hedge that is located on the highway (within the road, footpath or roadside grass verge) contact Highways Service Information Centre.

Parks, recreation and open spaces

If the tree is in a public park, open space or area of formal play email the Environmental Operations Team.

Countryside parks and sites

If the tree is located within a Countryside site managed by the Council contact Countryside Ranger Service.

Cheshire Farms – tenanted land

If you have a query about a tree on one of the Council’s farms.


The responsibility for the management and maintenance of trees within school grounds rests with the Governing body of each individual school.


If the tree is on land belonging to a housing trust, association or the local authority, please contact your landlord. List of registered Social Landlords.

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