Glen Parva Parish Council manages numerous individual trees in public parks and open spaces.
Our aim is to manage this resource in a safe and sustainable manner for the enjoyment of the public which is achieved by regular surveying and monitoring from which pruning, felling and replacement planting is scheduled.
The trees in the Parish make a major contribution to its amenity. Among other things, they screen eyesores, frame views and form landmarks. Trees have significant environmental value, provide a habitat for wildlife and help to give us cleaner, filtered air, shade in the summer and warmth in the winter.
COUNCIL TREES AND ITS RESPONSIBILITIES
The Council is proud of its trees and favours the retention of trees where possible. The purpose of this information is to provide the property owner/tenant with clear and concise information with regard to what they can reasonable expect from the Council in terms of:
- Council trees overhanging your property
- Council trees restricting light or view
- Council trees which are dead, dying, dangerous, or contain any significant dead or broken limbs
WORK THE COUNCIL WILL DO
The Council will maintain their trees in a safe condition and will
- Remove dead, dying, or dangerous trees
- Remove major dead wood (over 75mm in diameter) which overhangs private/Council property
- Remove dangerous or damaged limbs
- Prune branches where an actionable legal nuisance is being caused e.g.: damage to structures, phone lines etc.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you would like the Council to carry out any of the work listed above, please contact the parish council in writing.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
You will receive a letter confirming that your request has been registered and is being assessed. We aim to assess the work and instruct a contractor, where appropriate, as soon as practicable.
If we agree to carry out tree work, a member of staff or contractor will be instructed to complete the work.
If, after assessment, we decide that the work is not appropriate, you will be notified in writing.
WORK THE COUNCIL WILL NOT DO
The Council has NO obligation to:
- Prune back or remove overhanging branches other than to abate an actionable legal nuisance
- Prune or fell trees to improve light to a property
- Prune or fell trees to improve the view to a property
- Systematically crown reduce or 'top' trees
Do not request this kind of work to be carried out.
IF THE COUNCIL WILL NOT DO THE WORK, CAN I GET IT DONE MYSELF?
In common law, a property owner can cut back overhanging branches to the boundary of their property. The Council will normally have no objection to property owners carrying out tree work or engaging a contractor at their own expense, providing that:
- Access is not gained onto the neighbouring land and/or into a tree within that land. If access to council land or into a tree on that land is required, council permission must be sought
- The tree is not situated in a Conservation Area or protected by a Tree Preservation Order for which separate consent is required from Blaby District Council.
- Any work that is done to a tree is not detrimental to its health or stability
- Any tree work undertaken is carried out in accordance with current best practice
- We are notified of the proposed work and commencement date
Most reputable contractors will give advice and provide a free quotation. Tree work is covered by British Standard Recommendations for Tree Work 3998:1989 and the Council advises applicants to specify this standard for the proposed work.
The Council cannot recommend individual tree surgeons, but would strongly advise you to check the contractor's qualifications and public liability insurance before agreeing to any work.