Looking after our street trees
Kingston Council manages 12,000 trees on streets, plus other trees in parks, green spaces and housing estates. Each street tree is inspected once every three years. We remove dead, decaying and diseased trees; prune and maintain trees as required and plant new ones. Overall, we aim to increase the number of trees in the borough every year.
Our Tree Strategy outlines our policies on management of street trees.
Street tree maintenance
To maintain tree health and maintain an appropriate size for an urban setting, many trees need regular pruning. We inspect all trees and carry out any maintenance once every three years and carry out any required maintenance. Additional pruning only takes place if there is a health and safety need, however where street trees overhang your property, you may cut branches back to the boundary line (but no further). You can also contact us to report an overhanging tree.
Some species such as the London plane and lime require intensive and regular pruning. This is to keep them in reasonable condition, whilst controlling crown spread and minimising root activity. This is good arboricultural practice and the trees will put on new growth relatively quickly.
The pruning schedule is divided up, ward by ward over a three year period. All wards have different issues when it comes to the size and species of trees in their streets. For example, it is very intensive pruning the large maple trees in St Mark's ward, or the lime trees in Grove ward. We divide the schedule so that the pruning of all street trees is spread over a three year period.
The cyclical maintenance programme ensures that every three years appropriate work is undertaken to every street tree. As part of the cyclical maintenance programme we work on approximately 4,000 street trees per year. This doesn't include responsive and emergency works.
Cyclical works schedule by ward:
St James Ward April-Aug 2019
Chessington South Ward April-Aug 2019
Norbiton Ward Ward April-Aug 2019
Berrylands Ward Sept-March 2019-2020
Alexandra Ward Sept-March 2019-2020
Coombe Vale Ward Sept-March 2019-2020
Coombe Hill Ward April-Aug 2020
Canbury Ward April - Aug 2020
Surbiton Hill Ward Sept-March 2020-2021
Beverley Ward Sept-March 2020-2021
Tolworth & Hook Rise Ward Sept-March 2020-2021
Old Malden Ward April-Aug 2021
Chessington North & Hook April - Aug 2021
Grove Ward Sept-Mard 2021-2022
St Marks Ward Sept-March 2021-2022
Tudor Ward Sept-March 2021-2022
Trees in parks and open spaces
Trees in parks and open spaces are inspected annually by our Environment Team, with pruning works carried out for health and safety reasons only.