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 works will take place in October 2019

Location Ward Species Details
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) use log somewhere
Left of 17-24 Clandon House, Kingsnympton Estate Coombe Hill Housing Cherry Fell & remove stump (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)
Rear of Glenbuck Court, Glenbuck Rd Surbiton Hill Housing Whitebeam Fell to ground
Outside 3 Southborough Road Surbiton Hill Cherry Fell & remove stump (major decay)
Outside 3 Herne Road Surbiton Hill Whitebeam Fell & remove stump (mass Inonotus and half dead)
Outside 136 Ellerton Rd Surbiton Hill Stump Remove stump
Outside 25 Worthington Rd Surbiton Hill Rowan Fell & remove stump (dead)
Right LC1 Malvern Road Surbiton Hill Whitebeam Fell & remove stump (dead)
Outside 21 Victoria Avenue St Marks Pear Fell & remove stump (dead)
Opposite 147 Maple Road St Marks liquidambar Fell & remove stump (dead)
Left of 54 Hardman Road Grove Maple Fell & remove stump (dead)
Opposite 163 The Manor Drive Old Malden Cherry Fell & remove stump (dead)
Opposite 9-11 Highdown Old Malden Birch Fell & remove stump (dead)
Between 101-103 Pembury Avenue Old Malden Cherry Fell & remove stump (dead)
Opposite 2a Broadmead Avenue Old Malden Apple Fell & remove stump (dead)
Outside 7 Brockenhurst Avenue Old Malden Cherry Fell & remove stump (dead)
Outside 19 Oakleigh Avenue Tolworth & HR Pine

Crown lift 4 lowest branches, removing the two that have been snapped off. Cut back to clear lamp column by minimum 2m.

Outside 64 Lawrence Ave Old Malden Purple Plum Crown lift 2.5m (basal)


The following work is taking place in November 2019: