Decision details

Meeting the Cost of Non-Urgent Tree Works

Reference: D43519

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree a mechanism for members of the public or organisations to pay for non-urgent tree works on Council owned or managed land in circumstances where they might agree to pay.


The Director of Environment and Housing submitted a report regarding the issue of non-urgent tree works on Council owned or managed land in circumstances where a resident or organisation may consider agreeing to pay for such works.


Members welcomed the proposals detailed within the submitted report, however it was highlighted that this proposal should be part of a wider approach towards the management of trees across Leeds. In response it was noted that Leeds did have a tree planting programme, and that further details of this could be provided to Members, should they wish to receive them.



(a)  That approval be given to the following:-

(i)  That the full cost of non-urgent works on Council trees can be met by an interested party, subject to the criteria as set out in paragraphs 3.8 and 3.9 of the submitted report, with specified works being in line with best arboricultural practice (BS 3998) by a Council approved contractor;


(ii)  That where it is deemed appropriate to remove a Council tree affected by development, then this work be undertaken by a Council approved contractor where the private landowner is prepared to meet the full cost;


(b)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer (Parks and Countryside) will be responsible for the implementation of such matters.


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Portfolio Holder: Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability

Other reasons / organisations consulted

The proposal is in response to public feedback concerning the council’s ability to take action on non urgent requests.


Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability 

Contact: Glen Gorner, Natural Environment Manager 0113 3957400 Email:

Report author: Glen Gorner

Publication date: 29/06/2016

Date of decision: 22/06/2016

Decided at meeting: 22/06/2016 - Executive Board

Effective from: 02/07/2016

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