Trees in Christchurch
Information on the management strategy and maintenance of trees and woodlands within the borough of Christchurch.
Trees play an important role in the creation and maintenance of desirable living places.
Types of Tree
Trees within the borough are divided into four categories with different levels of risk and maintenance associated with them:
Highway Trees: Located adjacent to public roads either within pavements or adjacent verges/shrub borders and are under the control of Dorset County Council.
Open Space Trees: Found within parks, recreation grounds, open spaces and along the borough's coastline and are the responsibility of the council.
Countryside Site Trees: These are trees found within the borough's woodlands, copses and countryside sites including Local Nature Reserves. They are also the responsibility of the council.
Private Trees: These grow on privately owned land and include trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) or within Conservation Areas. These trees are the responsibility of Planning and Health.
Tree Preservation Orders
Trees may be protected by tree preservation orders (TPOs) or other legal procedures to make sure that they are not lost or damaged needlessly. TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the local authority's consent. The council can issue a TPO for specific trees. TPOs are managed by the Planning and Health department, and for more information please contact Planning Administration.
Highway trees are located on or adjacent to public highways including roads, pathways and roadside verges. For more information or for enquires about highways trees please contact Dorset County Council Highways.
Open Spaces and Countryside Trees
Christchurch Borough Council manages trees found on our countryside sites and our open spaces. Our Tree Strategy (pdf, 855kb) (opens in a new window) provides a framework to protect and manage trees in the borough, where they fall within the council's control. The strategy outlines the council's policies and aims to promote the important contribution of public and privately owned trees whilst ensuring sustainable management for the benefit of the community.
The Tree Work Policy (pdf, 55kb) (opens in a new window) focuses specifically on open space trees and outlines the council's responsibility to maintain trees in a healthy and safe condition and to ensure no legal nuisance is caused. The Policy also contains a tree work request form that can be filled out and returned to us. For more information or for enquiries about trees on open spaces and countryside please contact Open Spaces and Countryside.