Woodvale Tree Care Ltd

Tree Surgeons in Twickenham | Your Guide to Trees and the Law

When it comes to tree maintenance and care, there are different laws and guidelines surrounding work. It’s important to take care of your trees to keep them in good condition and avoid potential hazards, but this must follow proper procedures. With over 10 years of experience, our tree surgeons advise on the requirements of your project and ensure all services adhere to relevant restrictions and permissions. Whether you need tree removal, crown reduction, planting or other tree surgery services in Twickenham and the surrounding areas, we provide the solutions you need with care and attention.


The following guide outlines some of the key aspects of the laws and regulations surrounding tree services. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the tree surgeons at Woodvale Tree Care Ltd.


Dangerous Trees


Although the safety of trees is nearly always the responsibility of the landowner, there are exceptions. For example, you may have a rental agreement which requires you to manage the trees around your property, rather than the landlord. Whoever is responsible, it’s important to make sure trees are safe to protect property owners, tenants, neighbours and visitors.


Under the Occupiers Liability Acts, the tree owner must take steps to ensure visitors on their land are safe. Periodic tree surgery services keep trees in Twickenham in good condition and ensure we address any minor issues before they pose a risk.


At Woodvale Tree Care Ltd, our tree surgeons undertake a range of services to maintain your trees. However, it is sometimes necessary to fell an unstable or diseased tree. In these cases, we undertake professional tree removal in a safe and efficient manner.


Overhanging Trees & Intruding Roots


If your neighbour’s trees are overhanging your property or their roots are encroaching on your garden, the first step is to discuss the issue with the tree owner. However, under Common Law, you can carry out some tree surgery services without their permission. This includes pruning branches and roots that grow over your boundary.


It’s essential to take care because you may be liable for any damage you cause to the tree, or if you make it unstable. Consequently, we recommend seeking the help of professional tree surgeons in Twickenham, such as our team at Woodvale Tree Care Ltd.


Tree Protection


Under UK law, there are various ways to protect trees, such as:


  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
  • Conservation Areas
  • Felling Licences
  • Restrictive Covenants


Before carrying out tree surgery in Twickenham, including tree removal, pollarding and crown thinning, you should find out from your local council if any legal restrictions apply to your trees. If you don’t get permission where it’s required, you may be liable to prosecution.

Call the tree surgeons at Woodvale Tree Care Ltd on 01372 632045 or 07948 760723 for expert advice and professional tree care services in Twickenham and the surrounding areas.