Trees on our streets

Tree maintenance

The following work is done on trees owned by the council, to protect the public, tree health and property:

  •  pruning as part of our three year cyclical programme, plus any work required for health and safety reasons, eg broken, hanging or low branches or trees that pose a risk to the public.
  • removal  of a tree if it has been identified as dead, diseased or dangerous

  • works where trees are compromising the integrity of buildings - for example when branches are touching walls or windows or roots are causing subsidence issues

  • twice a year we remove the shoots that grow from the base of lime trees (usually in June and September)  

We are not able to prune or remove trees for any of the following reasons:

  •  increasing the amount of sunlight reaching properties or gardens
  • improving reception for satellite TV reception
  • alleviating seasonal or naturally occurring problems, eg falling leaves, fruit, seeds or berries, bird droppings, insect sap, or pollen
  • allowing for vehicular crossovers, except in exceptional circumstances. See dropped kerbs, vehicle crossings and driveways for more information

Nesting birds

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects wild birds from being disturbed during the nesting season (March to August). We are fully aware of this act and will not knowingly start work on a tree where birds are nesting. We do not undertake any tree work in parks and open spaces during bird nesting season.

Dead, diseased and decaying trees

Trees have a limited lifespan and it is important that dead, diseased, decaying or structurally unstable trees are removed. This protects the health of nearby trees, and the safety of residents and their property. Trees tend to decline at the end of their lives, we care for dying specimens, (e.g. gradual crown reduction) but we can only delay, rather than prevent the inevitable removal of the trees.

Diseased trees can often appear to be perfectly healthy, but a detailed inspection by a qualified arboriculturalist can reveal problems that are not obvious to the untrained eye.

The Council considers all tree removal carefully - each tree that is removed is inspected individually by our qualified arboriculturist before a decision is made.

Every year our Environment team undertake a survey of all trees on the highway, in council housing estates and in parks and open spaces. As part of this survey, dead, dying and diseased trees are identified for removal.

Tree and stump removal are completed as separate operations due to the types of equipment involved. Trees stumps are usually removed up to two months after a tree has been felled. Occasionally a temporary reinstatement of tarmac is applied for an interim period if re-planting is due to take place later in the season.

Fallen branches and dead or diseased trees

All trees are inspected every three years, but high winds can occasionally cause branches or trees to fall. If you notice a fallen branch or tree or you notice any trees that you think are dead, dying or dangerous, please let us know.

020 8547 5002

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Planned tree works

The felling of a London Plain tree on Langley Avenue, due to take place in May, has been postponed due to nesting birds. 

For medium and large sized trees, it is normal for the tree felling and stump removal to be done in two stages. This is due to the differing equipment required. 

The following work is taking place in August 2019:
 
Location Ward Species Details
Opposite 4 Ditton Road Surbiton Hill 70+ Weeping willow Remove dead stems/branches
Right of 167 Canbury Park Road Canbury 11-20 Pride of India Fell and remove (half dead)
Left of 34a Clifton Road Canbury 41-70 Cherry Fell and remove (ganoderma all round and hollow / basal decay)
Delft House, Acre Road Canbury Housing 21-40 Cypress Cut back from building to give 2m clearance
Outside 2 Staunton Road Canbury 21-40 Whitebeam Fell and remove (basal decay)
Outside 20 Chesfield Road Canbury 21-40 Cherry Fell & remove (dead)
Outside 287 South Lane Old Malden 41-70 Sycamore Crown reduce 20%
Outside 94 Canbury Avenue Canbury 21-40 Pear Fell & remove (dead)
Outside 108 Deacon Road Canbury 21-40 Rowan Fell and remove (massive cavity at crown break)
Right of 96 Bockhampton Road Canbury 11-20 Cherry Fell and remove (basal decay)
Outside 2 Manorgate Road Canbury 11-20 stump Remove stump
Outside 5 Princes Avenue Tol & HR 41-70 Whitebeam Fell and remove (ganoderma all round and hollow / basal decay)
Outside 51 Hamilton Avenue Tol & HR 41-70 Whitebeam Fell and remove (ganoderma all round and hollow / basal decay)
Outside 19 Kingsmead Avenue Tol & HR 41-70 False acacia Fell and remove (split in stem at crown break and hollow/decay at crown break)
Outside 45 Kingsmead Avenue Tol & HR 41-70 Purple plum Fell and remove (ganoderma all round base / Phellinus all through canopy)
Outside 9 Lenelby Road Tol & HR 11-20 Cherry Fell and remove (split in stem)
Outside 37 Ravenswood Avenue Tol & HR 11-20 Pear Fell and remove (rocking in ground)
Outside 37 Tolworth Road Tol & HR 41-70 Lime Fell and remove (Kretzschmaria / basal decay)
Left of 33 Kent Way Tol & HR Housing 70+ Horse chestnut Fell and remove (ganoderma and hollow / basal decay)
Rear 16 Bidmead Court Tol & HR Housing 11-20 Cherry Fell & remove (dead)
Outside 25 Hunters Road Chess N&H 21-40 Whitebeam Fell & remove (dead)
Opposite 44 Glen Road Tol & HR Housing 11-20 Cherry Fell & remove (dead)
Opposite 51 Ashcroft Road Tol & HR 11-20 Cherry Fell & remove (dead)
Outside 24 Fircroft Road Tol & HR 11-20 Cherry Fell & remove (dead)
Between 26-28 Fircroft Road Tol & HR 21-40 Birch Fell & remove (dead)
Outside 21 Dennan Road Surbiton Hill 11-20 Clereodendron Fell & remove (half dead / basal decay)
Outside 51 Raeburn Avenue Alexandra 0-10 Maple Re-stake (stakes loose in ground)
Opposite 5 Egmont Road Beverley 11-20 Birch Crown lift 2.5m (weeping birch)
 
The following work is taking place in September 2019: 
 
Location Ward Species Details
Left of 1 Keswick Avenue Coombe Hill Housing cherry Fell & remove (dead)
Outside 22 Ullswater Crescent Coombe Hill horse chestnut Fell & remove(basal decay)
Outside 46 Ullswater Crescent Coombe Hill stump Remove
Outside 1 Derwent Avenue Coombe Hill hawthorn Fell & remove (dead)
Outside 2 Derwent Avenue Coombe Hill stump Remove
Opposite 122 Coombe Lane West Coombe Hill tree of heaven Fell to ground (dead)
Opposite 122 Coombe Lane West Coombe Hill tree of heaven Fell to ground (dead)
Opposite 52 Coombe Lane West Coombe Hill lime Fell & remove (Ganoderma and basal decay)
Garages by entrance Cumberland House Coombe Hill Housing beech Fell to ground (dead)
Opposite 1-16 Pirbrite House, Kingsnympton Estate Coombe Hill Housing beech Fell to ground (dead)
Left of 17-24 Clandon House, Kingsnympton Estate Coombe Hill Housing cherry Fell & remove (basal decay)
Rear 1-8 Hambledon House, Kingsnynmpton Estate Coombe Hill Housing elm Fell to ground (dead)
Rear 1-8 Kingswood House, Kingsnympton Estate Coombe Hill Housing elm Fell to ground (dead)
Opposite 37 Oakdene Drive Alexandra stump Remove
Outside 21 Cambridge Avenue Beverley lime Fell & remove (Ganoderma and basal decay)
Outside 55 Cambridge Avenue Beverley cherry Fell & remove (Laetiporus and basal decay)
Outside 66 Cambridge Avenue Beverley ash Fell & remove (Ganoderma and basal decay)
Outside 34 Hoppingwood Avenue Beverley birch Fell & remove (dead)
Right of 85 Dukes Avenue Beverley whitebeam Fell & remove (dead)
Left of LC10 Coombe Gardens Beverley stump Grind to 30cm
Outside 6 The Mount Beverley cherry Fell & remove (half dead and basal decay)
Left of LC1 The Mount Beverley sycamore Fell & remove (basal decay)
Outside 2 Alverstone Road Beverley hawthorn Fell & remove (dead)
Outside 48 Albany Road Beverley lime Fell & remove (Ganoderma and basal decay)
Outside 38 Selwyn Road Beverley lime Fell & remove (Ganoderma and basal decay)
Outside 14 South Lane West Beverley lime Fell & remove (Ganoderma and basal decay)
Land at York Way (rear of 74 Garrison Lane) Chess South Housing sycamore Fell to ground (dead) leave on site