Trees play an essential role in towns and cities, providing a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits which can have a positive impact on the lives of those living and working in the urban environment.
Our Tree Strategy outlines how we intend to manage and maintain trees in the borough. The text below offers advice and guidance on the different types of tree management we have in place:
- Tree Maintenance Programme
- Tree Planting Programme
- Tree Sponsorship
- Tree Related Damage to Private Property
- Privately Owned Trees
- Works to Privately Owned Trees
- Street Trees
- Trees on Housing Estates
- Trees in Parks and Open Spaces
- Trees in Woodlands and Conservation Sites
The council has a proactive approach to tree maintenance. The type of pruning works undertaken depends on the tree’s location and the species of tree. Minimal works will be undertaken in order to sufficiently manage the tree.
This may often only involve removing the lower branches to increase clearance for pedestrians and vehicle traffic, and/or cutting back the branches from adjacent buildings.
A reduction of the overall size of the tree is usually undertaken for managing the potential risk of subsidence damage or where the tree has been managed by crown reduction historically.
The council will not remove a tree or undertake unnecessary pruning works where there is no good arboricultural reason.
The council will undertake works to fulfil its legal obligations to ensure the safety of the public and properties.
Tree removal or pruning will not be undertaken to:
- Improve reception for satellite TV reception
- Increase amount of sunlight reaching properties or gardens
- Alleviate seasonal or naturally occurring problems, eg falling leaves, fruit, seeds or berries, bird droppings, pollen
- Allow for vehicle crossovers, except in extenuating circumstances
Tree works will be undertaken:
- Where an inspection has identified the tree is potentially hazardous
- To abate an actionable nuisance, where branches are touching buildings, eg physical contact with walls, windows and gutters
- When previous maintenance regimes have determined that future works are of the same specification for that specimen, eg pollarding, crown reduction
Trees play an essential role in towns and cities providing a wide range of benefits, such as absorbing carbon dioxide and reducing the effects of flash floods. We do however acknowledge that they can occasionally cause a problem
Trees on Haringey streets are maintained according to a rolling programme (see above). If you report a problem or dangerous tree using My Account, you'll be able to view the progress of your report. Select ‘Add a Report’, then select the correct category from the drop down menu.
If you don't require updates on progress you can report these issues to us anonymously without registering.
What happens once I have submitted the report?
We will inspect the problem within 10 working days.
How long should it take?
Once we have inspected the problem, we will let you know what action we will take. If work is needed on the tree, we will instruct our contractor. It could take up to 8 weeks to complete depending on the nature and urgency of the work needed.
How will I be kept up to date?
We will contact you by email to let you know the result of the inspection and again when the repair has been completed.
Planting the ‘right tree in the right place’ is one of the objectives of the council's Tree Strategy. The careful selection of appropriate tree species and planting location is essential to minimise future nuisance issues and unnecessary maintenance costs.
The choice of tree species is dependent on suitability to the planting location. The selection of street trees is guided by their mature size, water demand, crown shape and future management requirements.
Species planted in parks, open spaces and housing estates will be selected on suitability to setting, biodiversity value and visual appearance.
When funding is available, areas targeted for new tree planting are those where trees have been removed or where there is an identified need to increase the overall tree cover. Requests from local residents for new trees in their road or area will be taken into consideration within the planting programme.
Sponsoring a tree in Haringey is an easy way to help improve and feel a sense of ownership for your local environment and it is very easy to do.
- Please see the Tree Sponsorship page
If a council owned tree is causing damage to your property, you must first contact your home insurance company. They will investigate the matter and collect any evidence of structural damage to support any potential claim. These reports should be sent to:
- Haringey Council Insurance Section,
10 Station Road
If a tree is growing on privately owned land, then the maintenance rests entirely with the landowner. If the tree is causing damage to your property, you must contact the tree owner.
Before you begin work on any tree, you must always find out if it is covered by a Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) or that you live in a Conservation Area. If the tree is protected, you will need written consent from the council to carry out the work.
If written consent is not obtained, and work is carried out on a protected tree, the owner or person carrying out the work may be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000.
- If you want to report illegal work being carried out to a protected tree, please call or report it online here.
Street trees are an integral and sometimes historical component of the urban landscape and as such are valued by local residents. Haringey has a street tree population in excess of 11,000 trees and is increasing the total year on year.
Street trees are inspected regularly, with pruning works being carried out where necessary. London Plane and Limes trees are predominantly managed by pollarding on a three year cycle.
The remaining ornamental street trees are maintained on a four to five yearly cycle.
Trees on council housing estates and gardens are managed by Homes for Haringey. Housing estates are inspected every four years and pruning works are carried out where necessary.
If you have a request for tree works, please contact your Tenancy Management Officer. Please visit the Homes for Haringey website (external link).
Trees in parks and open spaces are managed by the Parks Service. They are inspected regularly with pruning works being carried out for health and safety reasons only.
Trees in woodlands and conservation sites are also managed by the Parks Service. Pruning works are only undertaken for health and safety reasons and in accordance with the priorities in our Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP).