Slough has approx. 15,000 trees plus areas of woodland.
The Council has a proactive approach to tree and hedge maintenance on highway, footway, parks and open spaces mainly through programmed works.
Council owned trees are inspected by a specialist on a three year cycle and on a ward by ward basis. This is required to fulfill its obligations to ensure the safety of the public and properties.
The type of maintaining works undertaken depends on the tree’s location, the trees structure and the species of tree. Minimal pruning works will be undertaken in order to sufficiently manage the tree. This may often only involve removing the lower branches to increase clearance for pedestrians and vehicle traffic, and/or cutting back the branches from adjacent buildings.
We will maintain our trees and hedges to a safe condition and will:
The council has no obligation to:
The Council will not remove a tree or undertake pruning works where there is no good arboricultural reason to do so.
You can notify us of low branches or overgrown hedges on the highway or footway, which are causing obstruction to pedestrians or vehicles using the report a highways issue form.
Street trees are an integral and sometimes historical component of the urban landscape and as such are valued by local residents. Slough has a street and highway tree population of around 10,000 trees and is increasing year on year.
Street trees are inspected regularly, during highways inspections and by a specialist every three years with pruning works being carried out where necessary.
The remaining ornamental street trees are maintained as necessary on a three yearly cycle.
Parks trees are essential to the urban setting benefiting the environment, nature and atmosphere of our open spaces as well as generating a more pleasant landscape for local residents. Slough has a population in excess of 5,000 trees in parks and open spaces.
Trees in parks and open spaces are inspected regularly during parks inspections and maintained by a specialist every three years with pruning works being carried out for health and safety reasons only.
Tenants are responsible for maintaining trees in their garden. If you have any queries contact your Housing Officer who will be able to answer any questions you may have about the maintenance of trees in these areas.
If a tree is growing on privately owned land, then the responsibility for its maintenance rests entirely with the landowner. If the tree is causing damage to your property, you must contact the tree owner. It is not the responsibility of the council.