Trees - Maintenance
About tree maintenance
Please report to us any tree that has fallen on to the highway or a council tree that is fallen, dead or dangerous and we will respond within our service standards.
What we do
The Council is currently only carrying out works on trees that are dead diseased or dangerous(DDD). This includes:
- maintain trees on our footpaths and grass verges
- maintain trees and woodland on council parks and green spaces
- remove fallen trees - any tree that is blocking the highway or a council tree in the street, in a park or on a green open space.
What we are unable to deal with
We are sorry, but there are certain requests and complaints that the council's tree service does not respond to.
Trees on the highway, in a park or green open space causing any of the following problems:
loss of natural light -The 'right-to-light' only relates to loss of light over a considerable period of time and in certain specific circumstances. Where trees are concerned there is no 'right-to-light'. The council is not required or obliged in respect of any law to prune a tree for the benefit of someone's level of light.
poor satelite/TV reception - There is no legal requirement for the council to remove trees or even prune them for the benefit of a television reception. The council does however have a duty to protect trees and maintain them appropriately for future generations to enjoy. The responsibility for receiving a satellite television signal is with the company that erects the satellite dish.
- tree debris - Every year the trees will shed their blossom, fruit, cones and leaves. However, trees also sway in the wind and may shed twigs and small branches when the wind is particularly strong. There is very little the council can do about this as it is a natural process and not recognised as a 'legal nuisance'. We are able to assist however if the tree is causing damage to property or looks like it may fall over or has in fact fallen in high winds please contact us.
- honey dew - Many think that the sticky substance falling from a tree is sap. It is however honeydew, a sticky substance that's produced by aphids (small insects) feeding on the leaves of the tree. Large infestations of these insects can causehoneydew to fall onto anything beneath it. There is no practical treatment to prevent honeydew, even the use of pesticides is ineffective. During a period when honeydew is a particular problem, a simple but effective way of protecting your car is to regularly wash it or park it in another safe location or use a car cover.
bird fouling - Trees provide an important habitat for birds. The tree provides height and a structure for them to build nests in and perch on. Unfortunately bird mess can become quite a nuisance not only to peoples drives and parked cars but also footpaths and council street furniture. The council is keen to support the bird population and will not cut down trees because of bird mess. Pruning a tree is not always a solution because birds will continue to perch in the pruned tree and foul anything beneath them. A simple but effective way of protecting your car is to wash it regularly or park it in another safe location or use a car cover.
tree pollen - All plants produce pollen with everything from grass to trees effecting people who suffer from hay-fever. The majority of sufferers are allergic to grass pollen with a much smaller number suffering from tree pollen which is also produced over a much shorter period of time. Unfortunately there is nothing the council can do to alleviate the symptoms and effects of pollen to residents and visitors of the City suffering from hay-fever.
- children climbing trees - Open and green spaces are attractive, not only to wildlife, but also to humans. This is the reason why children and adults tend to choose such places to enjoy their spare time, play and do exercise. Any leisure activity in and around green open spaces is, therefore, to be expected. Nonetheless it has been occasionally reported that children are seen climbing trees and acting in a way which could be classified as anti-social behaviour. Any anti-social behaviour should be dealt by the relevant authorities under the applicable legislation and does not constitute a acceptable reason to fell a healthy tree.
trees and hedges on private land – generally speaking this is a private matter and as such the Council would not be involved.
Damage to your property by trees
If you think a council tree has caused damage to your property, you will need to contact your insurance company and arrange a survey. If such a survey deems the tree to be the cause of structural damage to your property then please submit this report to Corby Borough Councils Insurance Services Department where they will be happy to look into the claim further.