Trees on our streets

Works on council owned trees

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

  • pruning is done as part of a three year cyclical programme

  • work required for health and safety reasons, e.g. 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, e.g. 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 trees

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. Diseased trees often appear to be perfectly healthy, but detailed inspection can reveal problems that are not immediately obvious.

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 replanting is due to take place later in the season.

To report a dead or dangerous tree contact our environment contact centre team.

020 8547 5002

Twitter: @ContactKingston

Report vegetation or tree issues

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. 

The following work is being undertaken on trees in Kingston in June 2019:

Location of tree

Ward

Species/type

Details

o/s 36 The Manor Drive

Old Malden

Horse Chestnut

Crown lift

o/s 154 Manor Drive North

Old Malden

Cherry

Small tree removal (dead)

o/s 77 Berrylands

Berrylands

Rowan

Small tree removal ((dead)

o/s 152 Grand Avenue

Alexandra

False Acacia

Fell (half dead)

o/s 62-64 Elmdene

Alexandra

Maple

Clear from lamp column

o/s 17 Barnsbury Crescent

Alexandra

Maple

Fell (dead)

o/s 41 Barnsbury Crescent

Alexandra

Cherry

Fell (dead)

 
The following work is being undertaken on trees in Kingston in July 2019:
 

Location

Ward

Species Type

Details

o/s 41 Coombe Lane West (left of Coombe Rise jnc)

Coombe Hill

Stump removal

Remove stump

o/s 85 Cambridge Road

Norbiton

Lime

Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)

o/s 30 Homersham Road

Norbiton

Cherry (small)

Remove (snapped)

o/s 165 London Road

Norbiton

Stump removal

Remove stump (planting this winter)

opp LC1 Portman Road

Norbiton

Birch

Fell (dead)

b/t 4-6 Osborne Road

Tudor

Cherry

Fell (dead)

b/t 5-7 Osborne Road

Tudor

Cherry

Fell (dead)

b/t 25-27 Woodside Road

Tudor

Cherry

Fell (dead)

o/s 17 Malden Green Ave

Old Malden

Pear

Crown lift (low limbs)

o/s 25 Thornhill Road

Tolworth & HR

Birch

Fell (dead)

o/s 60 Lawrence Avenue

Old Malden

Maple

Fell (1/2 dead, basal decay)

Seething Wells Lane (near 24 Akerman Rd)

St Marks

Beech

Fell (dead)

Rear Roebuck Court, Rodney Road

Old Malden

Leylandii

Remove hanging branches

Outside Roebuck Court, Rodney Road

Old Malden

Lime

Clear lamp column