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Tree management

The Council employs competent specialists to undertake scheduled surveys of all trees within its highways, allotments, cemeteries, parks and open spaces. 

These surveys are planned to take place at reasonable intervals to ensure that any work that is necessary to uphold the principals of the adopted policy takes place within an appropriate timeframe.

Planned work timetable

The following programme outlines when detailed tree surveys are scheduled to take place. 

Ward tree survey timetable
Ward Year Corresponding tree work

Barnes

2020

July 2020 to March 2021

East Sheen

2020

November 2020 to March 2021

Mortlake and Barnes Common

2020

November 2020 to March 2021

North Richmond

2020

November 2020 to March 2021

Kew

2020

April 2021 to March 2022

Whitton

2020

April 2021 to March 2022

Heathfield

2020

April 2021 to March 2022

Fulwell and Hampton Hill

2020

April 2021 to March 2022

Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside

2021

April 2022 to March 2023

Hampton

2021

April 2022 to March 2023

Hampton North

2021

April 2022 to March 2023

South Richmond

2021

April 2022 to March 2023

Teddington

2021

April 2022 to March 2023

South Twickenham*

2022

April 2023 to March 2024

West Twickenham*

2022

April 2023 to March 2024

Twickenham Riverside*

2022

April 2023 to March 2024

St. Margaret's and North Twickenham*

2022

April 2023 to March 2024

Hampton Wick*

2022

April 2023 to March 2024

*Surveys in these wards (Twickenham wards and Hampton Wick) last took place in 2019 and early 2020, corresponding work has been taking place in these areas and is planned to be completed by March 2021.

Our surveys produce schedules of corresponding tree work, which takes place over a course of months, this allows work to certain species to take place at the time of year that is appropriate, taking account of environmental conditions that affect our trees and ensuring that trees such as London plane are worked on during dormancy, protecting arborists and the general public from leaf and fruit hairs which can cause respiratory problems.

Keeping streets clear from obstruction

The annual Clear Highways and Paths Schedule (CHAPS) has been introduced to keep public footpaths and highways free from obstructions. This includes:

  • Removing or pruning any low branches that are over a public highway or footway to a suitable height
  • Removing basal and stem (epicormic) growth
  • Ensuring that all newly planted trees have their stakes adjusted and removed once the tree has become established and no longer requires support

Lime tree basal growth

Lime trees tend to produce large amounts of epicormic growth at their base and stem during the summer months. This could begin to obstruct public highways or footways, so we remove basal growth (pdf, 443KB) from all Council-owned lime trees twice a year, round one takes place during May and June and round two takes place during August and September.

Up to: Trees

Updated: 13 November 2020