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.

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

Report vegetation or tree issues


Planned tree works

Please see below for all of the planned maintenance works taking place in the borough in the near future.

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 June/July 2020: 

Location Ward Species Details
Outside 107 Tudor Drive Tudor False Acacia

Fell and grind stump to 30cm (split, half dead, hollow)

Outside 268 Tudor Drive Tudor False Acacia

Fell and grind to 30cm (hollow, half dead)

Outside 1 Chestnut Road Tudor Bird cherry

Fell and grind to 30cm (ganoderma)

Outside 2 Eastbury Road Tudor Cherry Grub out (dead)
Outside 348 Richmond Road Tudor Ash Fell and grind to 30cm (dead)
Opposite fire station Richmond Road Tudor 3 x young trees re-stake 3xyoung tree
Left lamp column 3 Dennan Road Surbiton Hill Rowan

Fell and grind to 30cm (rocking in ground)

Junction Selbourne Ave with Red Lion Road

Tolworth and Hook Rise

  Fell and grind to 30cm (dead)
Outside 41 Tankerton Road Surbiton Hill Amelanchier

Fell and grind to 30cm (severe lean)

5 Southborough Close Surbiton Hill Maple Fell and grind to 30cm (dead)
Outside 20 York Way Chessington South Purple Plum Fell and grind to 30cm (dead)
Upper Brighton Road Surbiton Hill Oak Clear road signs
Outside Star and Garter, Langley Rd Surbiton Hill Scots pine Fell to ground
Outside 1 Kings Drive Berrylands Cherry Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Outside 150 Surbiton Hill Park Berrylands Cherry Crown reduce 30% (structures)