Council managed trees

Our arboricultural team is responsible for managing all trees we own, including those on highway authority land on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council. We carry out surveys, health and safety work, or work necessary under the Highways Act 1980.

The trees we manage are mainly found in:

  • highway verges
  • parks and gardens
  • public open space
  • cemeteries and churchyards
  • council tenancy housing sites
  • woodlands
  • car parks
  • within the boundaries of council owned/managed buildings

The arboricultural team

The team consists of two tree officers, a tree surveyor, and three tree surgeons. The tree officers manage and deliver the arboricultural work and act as consultees for other council departments. The tree surveyor is responsible for surveying trees and for prioritising and scheduling work that comes from the survey. The tree surgeons carry out the maintenance works that are identified from the tree survey, and attend to emergency works.

The tree survey

This is mainly a health and safety survey, identifying risks associated with trees in the urban landscape.

All surveyed trees are tagged and survey information is captured on a hand-held computer and uploaded onto the main system at the office. Information recorded on each tree is stored on the system. This results in a more efficient and effective way of dealing with customer enquiries.

You can find out more about how the council manages its tree assets via the Trees and Woodland Policy 2016-2021