Approval of changes to Tree Management Policy

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We have recently approved changes to the tree and woodland management policy. The updated policy aligns with our objectives with national policy and best practices, aiming to provide better service delivery, effective use of resources, and a strategic focus on tree management.

We have a duty of care to manage tree-related risks, and a comprehensive program of inspection and maintenance works is in place to preserve the health and future well-being of our tree stock. This includes managing all trees growing on our land, such as street trees, trees in public open spaces and woodlands.

Tree management covers a wide range of activities, from planting and trimming to removing fallen trees during bad weather, checking roots for damage and keeping highways clear.

Our policies, risk framework, management standards, and service standards aim to effectively manage and enhance trees and woodlands under our ownership, ensuring we positively contribute to the area, meet legal obligations, maximise benefits for residents and the environment, and minimise conflicts with the public and other landowners.

The revised policy will enable residents to better self-help and engage with our arboriculture team.

Councillor Yusra Hussain, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said:

“Research has shown that trees provide essential benefits to the district, ranging from economic uplift to supporting biodiversity, pollution absorption, and carbon capture. Kirklees Council’s approval of the updated policy demonstrates its commitment to effective tree management, recognition of the importance of trees for our environment, the well-being of our communities, and the future of our planet.”