We manage all trees on Council land. These trees are inspected at appropriate intervals by qualified and experienced arboriculturalists. We use our arboriculturalists' surveys to plan any safety work required and develop our Ward Works and Clear Borough maintenance schedules.
We carry out a regular cycle of pruning as part of our Ward Works programme. This includes:
The timing of tree pruning can be subject to change, for example if we are experiencing poor weather conditions. Priority will be given where there is concern about trees' safety
We do not carry out tree work which may result in unnecessary damage or injury to trees, so cannot prune or remove trees for any of the following reasons:
Ward works have now been awarded to a new contractor who will be carrying out cyclical tree works in East Sheen, Barnes and Kew. Work is to start from the week commencing 16 October and it is anticipated that work will be completed in mid-December 2017.
All remaining wards will be surveyed and general pruning works will be carried out in accordance with the previous year’s cycles as outlined below. We will be preparing a new more specific schedule in January 2018, which will run for the next four years.
|Ward||Date of works|
|Barnes||October to December 2017|
|East Sheen||October to December 2017|
|Fulwell and Hampton Hill||2020/21|
|Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside||2018/19|
|Kew||October to December 2017|
|Mortlake and Barnes Common||2020/21|
|St Margarets and North Twickenham||2019/20|
A hazard survey of trees in five wards is currently underway. This survey is aimed at identifying trees that require remedial works due to proximity issues; low canopies that may impede vehicular or pedestrian access or because they are dead or where the physiological or structural condition is compromised.
All other wards will be surveyed in accordance with the above ward works schedule.
The annual Clear Borough pruning programme has been introduced to keep public footpaths and highways free from obstructions. It includes:
This is currently being reviewed and a detailed schedule will be updated by the end of April 2018.
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 in early summer (May/June) and towards the end of the summer (August/September).
Updated: 3 August 2018