The importance of Trees and Woodlands in Bath & North East Somerset

Trees are an important part of our natural life support system. They have a vital role to play in the sustainability of our urban and rural areas. Trees benefit:

  • the local economy by creating potential for employment, encouraging inward investment, bringing in tourism and adding value to property;

  • the local environment by reducing the effects of air pollution and storm water run off, reducing energy consumption through moderation of the local climate, and providing a wide range of wildlife habitats;

  • the social fabric in terms of recreation and education

Bath and North East Somerset Council have responsibility for trees in the district in two different ways, either by having direct responsibility for them by owning them or by administering statutory measures that protect private trees which can be in the form of Tree Preservation Orders, Conservation Area designations or through conditions attached to planning consents.

Planning Services

The Arboricultural Section within Planning Services deals with Tree Preservation Orders, Trees in Conservation Areas and Planning Applications that affect Trees. Applications for tree works can be viewed online through Public Access (you can select by Application Type in Advanced Search, or view a Weekly List). If you have a query about protected trees please contact trees_andwoodlands@bathnes.gov.uk

Parks and Estates Team

The Tree Managers in the Parks and Estates Team manage approximately 32,000 trees growing on council owned land within the district.  We also manage over 100 hectares of woodland and implement new tree planting schemes.
If you have a query relating to a tree in a council owned park, open space, cemetery, allotment, woodland, car park or on the public highway please contact the tree managers via Council Connect 01225 394041. Responses to frequently asked questions can be found on our website.
The Council also has a level of responsibility in relation to private trees in falling distance of a public highway. We may be able to advise or take direct action if a tree is causing a hazard to highway users - if you have concerns over such a tree please contact the tree managers as above.

The Parks and Estates Team are not directly responsible for managing trees on school sites, children’s centre’s, Curo housing estates (formerly Somer Housing) or Sirona sites. Please contact the relevant site staff as below:-

Schools – contact the school directly, contact details can be found at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/schools-colleges-and-learning/find-school

Childrens Centres – contact the Childrens Centre directly, contact details can be found at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/children-young-people-and-families/childrens-centres

Curo –http://www.curo-group.co.uk/contact-us/  Phone 01225 366563

How do we maintain our trees?

The Council actively maintains its tree-stock to ensure it is healthy, safe, diverse and long lasting. We inspect our trees regularly and we prune or fell trees only where necessary and for sound arboricultural/risk management reasons. Our decision making is tree and site specific however we do have some general principles. We will plant more trees than we fell each year and we will prioritize tree pruning actions to resolving tree safety issues over perceived nuisance.

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