Decision details

Updated Council Tree Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) presenting the revised tree policy together with the results of the associated public consultation.




1. That the Tree Policy set out at Appendix 1 to the submitted report, be adopted.


2. That the development of a planting strategy that will consider the availability of land, its usage, and tree planting opportunities, be approved.


3. That it be noted that the adoption of the Tree Policy will require ongoing funding to manage the Council's tree stock, which will need to be considered as part of future budget setting.


Reason for Decision:


To help maintain the safety of our citizens and visitors and to support the increase in the Borough's canopy cover. Also, to support the 2050 vision which includes several outcomes in which trees play a part and the management of trees contributes to the response to the climate change emergency.


Other Options:


1. Continue managing council trees as per the interim management statement and not adopt a new Tree Policy.


2. Stop managing the Council's tree stock and accept that the trees will decline and the risk to citizens and visitors will increase, resulting in a rise in claims against the Council.


Note: This is an Executive Function

Eligible for call-in to: Place Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Mulroney

Report author: Paul Jenkinson

Publication date: 15/01/2021

Date of decision: 14/01/2021

Decided at meeting: 14/01/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 23/01/2021

This decision has been called in by:

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