Council owned trees

Tree works and removals

Dead, diseased and decaying trees

Trees are not static; they are living, dynamic, ever changing and susceptible to events including lack of rainfall, poor soils and pollution. Removing dead or dying trees is part of the proactive tree management of a council.

The removal of a publicly owned tree in a street or park in our borough means that the tree is dead or dying, diseased, unsafe or demonstrated to be causing subsidence damage.

In Kingston, 166 trees were removed in the financial year 2019/20. All but two trees removed were dead, diseased or decayed. The remaining two trees had been vandalised to the point that they were unsafe and/or would not survive.

Tree removals in 2019/20

Inspection type Vandalised Diseased/decayed Dead Total
Cyclical     7 7
Responsive 2 49 58 109
Emergency       50
Total 2 49 65 166

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.

We are not able to 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

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 August 2021:

Location Ward Species Recommendations
b/t 35-37 Worthington Road     Re-stake
Outside 87 Elgar Avenue Alexandra Cherry Crown lift 3m (low limbs)
outside 340 Kingston Road Norbiton London Plane Crown lift 3m (basal)
Outside 62 Albert Road St James Lime Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Outside 75 George Road St James Rowan Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Outside 71 George Road St James Cherry Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, low vitality)
Outside 89 Queens Road St James Lime Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, basal decay)
Left of lamp column 10 Queens Road St James Lime Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, basal decay)
Side of Vincent House, Burlington Road St James housing Birch Fell to ground (dead)
Outside 44 Cavendish Road St James Alder Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Opposite 5 Cromwell Avenue St James Birch Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead, half dead)
Outside 162 Malden Road St James Chestnut Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, half dead)
Outside 162 Malden Road St James Chestnut Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, half dead)
Outside 59 Woodfield Gardens St James Maple Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, half dead)
Outside 40 Woodfield Gardens St James Sycamore Fell & grind to 30cm (basal decay)
Right of 128 South Lane St James Sycamore Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, basal decay)
Outside 108 South Lane St James Apple Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, basal decay)
Outside 217 South Lane St James Sycamore Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, basal decay)
Outside 26 Oxford Crescent St James Cherry Grub out (dead)
Outside 129 Thetford Road St James Cherry Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Outside 28 Clevedon Road Norbiton Pear Fell & grind to 30cm (structures)

Recently completed works

Location Ward Species Recommendations
Outside 117 Coombe Road Coombe Vale Chestnut Fell & grind to 30cm (major decay at base)
Outside 5 Woodlands Road Surbiton Hill Pine Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Right of lamp column 19 Traps Lane Coombe Vale Sycamore Fell & grind to 30cm (extensive Kretzschmaria deusta)
Opposite 64 Traps Lane Coombe Vale Chestnut Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Opposite 64 Traps Lane Coombe Vale Chestnut Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Outside 52 Traps Lane Coombe Vale Pine Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Outside 18 Revell Road Coombe Vale Maple Fell & grind to 30cm (ganoderma, die back)
Outside 77 Arundel Road Coombe Vale Maple Fell & grind to 30cm (major decay at base)
Outside 81 Arundel Road Coombe Vale Maple Fell & grind to 30cm (major decay at base)
Outside 81 Beechcroft Avenue Coombe Vale Cherry Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Outside 62 Traps Lane Coombe Vale Chestnut Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Outside 54 Traps Lane Coombe Vale Chestnut Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Opposite 46 Traps Lane Coombe Vale Chestnut Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Outside 15 Beech Grove Coombe Vale Hawthown Fell & grind to 30cm (basal decay. die back)
Outside 29 Orme Road Coombe Vale Sycamore Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Outside 14 Revell Road Coombe Vale Hawthorn Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Outside 23 Arundel Road Coombe Vale Birch Fell & grind to 30cm (half dead)
Outside 71 Arundel Road Coombe Vale Hawthorn Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Rear 38 Acacia Grove Coombe Vale housing Cherry Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Rear 38 Acacia Grove Coombe Vale housing Cherry Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Outside 8-10 Meadow Hill St James Maple Crown reduce 30%
Outside 65 Tudor Drive Tudor Apple Grind stump
Outside 64 Mount Road Coombe Vale Hawthorn Grind stump
Outside 42 Ditton Road Surbiton Hill False acacia Grind suckers and grind stump
Side of 60 Mill Place Grove Ash Cut back from building
Outside 47 Mount Road Coombe Vale Cherry Fell & grind to 30cm (dead)
Outside 9a Carlton Road Coombe Vale Hawthorn Re-stake and crown lift 2.5m
Outside 87 Clarence Avenue Coombe Vale Maple Re-stake
Outside 24 Mount Road Coombe Vale Cherry Remove stakes and ties
Outside 43 Mount Road Coombe Vale Cherry Grub out (dead)
Opposite 6 The Green Coombe Vale Lime Grub out (dead)
Between 60-62 Revell Road Coombe Vale Maple Grub out (dead)
23-25 Meadway     Re-plant and re-stake (hit by van)
Between 100-102 Ellerton Road Surbiton Hill Cherry Grub out (dead)
Outside 73 Ewell Road Berrylands   Removal for road safety reasons - to avoid collisions between residents & cyclists
Right of lamp column 17 The Cut Coombe Vale Cherry Fell to ground (dead)
Near lamp column 14 The Cut Coombe Vale Willow group Fell to ground (dead)

 

Last Modified: 19/07/2021 10:00:13