Trees owned by the Council
Trees owned by Taunton Deane Borough Council are inspected for safety on a cycle between 1 and 5 years according to the level of public use in the area surrounding the tree. Inspections are carried out by our Arboricultural Officer who verifies whether any works are necessary to make our trees safe.
If council owned trees pose a danger to people or properties we will carry out emergency works within 24 hours of the report, or necessary works within 18 months, if the tree does not pose an imminent danger.
- Snapped or blown over
- Rocking at its base / roots are damaged
- Uprooted but held by another tree or building
- Large branch has broken off or is hanging off the tree
- Blocking road, footpath, access to property
- Fallen onto house or car
Signs which may mean that a tree needs attention but does not require an emergency response include a tree which is:
- Dying / few leaves in summer or die back in the crown
- Bark is loose and falling off
- Mushrooms or fungi growing on or near the tree
- Old splits and cracks in the trunk or large branches
- Smaller branches falling from the tree
Report a problem
To report a problem with a council owned tree please fill out on of our online forms:
To report a tree related emergency out of hours please call Deane Helpline on telephone 01823 351411.
The Council is not legally obliged to prune or fell a tree to:
- Prevent interference with TV / satellite reception
- Improve the view from a private property
- Remove or reduce interference with telephone wires
- Improve natural light in a property
- Reduce leaf fall
- Remove or reduce blossom from trees
- Remove or reduce the release of pollen
- Remove or reduce honeydew or other sticky residue from trees
- Remove or reduce the nuisance of fruit / berries or nuts
- Remove or reduce bird droppings from trees
- Prevent roots entering a drain that is already broken or damaged
There is a Common Law right to remove / reduce a nuisance associated with trees encroaching onto private property. If you would like to exercise this law please contact Parks and Open Spaces Department on telephone 01823 217527, but please note that:
- You can only consider removing those parts of the tree from the point where they cross the boundary of private property, there is no legal right to cut or remove any part of a tree that does not overhang private property
- Private individuals are advised to consult a professional tree surgeon for guidance on how best to prune back encroaching trees
- Before consideration of undertaking works to a tree you should find out if they are protected by a Tree Preservation Order or are within a Conservation Area – please contact the Landscape Support Officer on 01823 356493 or visit the Tree Preservation Order website
- Private individuals are advised to discuss with their neighbours any intention to prune encroaching branches. Legally a private individual does not own the encroaching branches and they should be offered to the neighbour
The Council will investigate all claims of damage being caused to buildings and other structures caused by council owned trees. We investigate all claims rigorously and will challenge any claim that we feel is bogus or false.
If you believe your property is suffering subsidence due to the action of council owned trees or you are concerned about potential damage please contact your property insurer to discuss an appropriate course of action.
Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Phone: 01823 217527