The primary aim of the policy is to deliver guidelines and good management practice for tree and woodland management throughout the Harrogate district. Elements of the document relate to trees on both private and publicly owned land.

Trees are arguably the least transitory natural feature of a landscape. They make a tremendous impact on visitors and residents alike and help to contribute to a healthier environment and lifestyle. Whether individually, or as part of a woodland group, they are an important component of the rural and urban characters, providing structural diversity to the landscape, streetscape and townscape. They also help provide important natural wildlife habitats in an urban context.

A full public and district panel consultation was carried out in 2009. A list of those consulted is included within the document appendices.

The strategy was subsequently agreed by the council Corporate Management Team and approved and supported by Cabinet in 2010.

This is a five-year strategy, which will be reviewed in 2022.

Policy Appendices

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