Trees and Wildlife
Nottingham City Council manages around 100,000 individual trees, along with over 100 hectares of woods
Trees bring many benefits, such as reducing pollution and enhancing the local environment. Generally, people enjoy living near trees, but occasionally they can cause problems.
Nottingham City Council has a statutory duty to ensure that trees under our control are maintained so that their condition or location does not pose an unreasonable risk to people or property.
All year round we have an ongoing programme of checking the trees across the city and doing essential work such as pruning. We inspect trees on Council-owned streets every three years
We Are Responsible for Looking After the Following Trees
We Are Not Responsible For
On Nottingham City Homes managed estates
Within gardens of Nottingham City Homes tenants
Trees within the gardens of housing association properties
Within Parks and Open Spaces
Within Leisure, Cemeteries and Allotments
Work the tree services will carry out
- Removing dead trees or trees in poor condition
- Removing trees if they are unsuitable for their location or are suppressing the growth of better trees
We take action when trees affect
- The safety of people or property, as assessed by a professional Arborists
- Safety on our roads, such as low branches overhanging a road or when trees obscure road signs or street lamps
- The safety of a building: we will carry out work to tree roots if clear evidence can be provided that a tree is causing subsidence
We are unlikely to carry out tree work if trees are:
- obscuring a view
- causing loss of light
- obstructing solar panels
- perceived to be too large
- causing interference to TV, satellite or radio equipment reception
- affecting power cables or phone lines - please contact your provider
- shedding honeydew or sticky deposits
- shedding petals, pollen, leaves, seeds or fruit
Telephone: 0115 915 2705
Telephone:0115 915 200
Ash Die Back
Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees and usually leads to tree death. It is potentially a very serious threat. It has caused widespread damage to ash populations in continental Europe, including estimated losses of between 60 and 90 per cent of Denmark's ash trees.
Please help us to look out for any symptoms of ash dieback in Nottingham. The Forestry Commission website has videos and photos showing how to identify the disease.
If you spot any of these symptoms in Nottingham, please contact the Tree Services team on 0115 915 2705.
Tree Preservation Order'
The purpose of a Tree Preservation Order is to protect trees which make a significant impact on their local surroundings. This is particularly important in development sites and where trees are in immediate danger.
Those trees that have Tree Preservation Orders or are within conservation areas cannot be pruned without prior permission from the Council. To find out further information on TPOs please click here.
Urban Forest Strategy
The Nottingham Urban Forest Strategy is a key document for the city setting out a framework for the planning and management of the city's urban forest. The City Council are committed to the high quality and proactive management of its tree stock and has defined its vision for the future of trees and woodlands in the city as Create an urban forest that is managed sustainably for the benefit of Nottingham's communities. The strategy document can be downloaded below.