The London Borough of Bexley has a responsibility to manage trees on the Borough's streets, parks and woodlands.

Council owned highway trees are inspected on a three-year cycle to plan maintenance work, parks and woodland trees are inspected on a three to five-year cycle depending on their location.

Each tree is considered individually with the extent of work based on the species, condition, location and the previous pruning history. The appropriate work will be raised by the Council Tree Officer. All planting, maintenance and tree works are carried out by a third party specialised contractor on behalf of the Council.

To report any issues in relation to trees within the Borough please use the report a tree issue form, email or telephone 020 8303 7777 and ask for Trees.

Private trees

Trees on private land are the responsibility of the landowner if the owner of the tree is not known a search can be made through the Land Registry.

Where a tree is shown to be a danger to a public road or footpath, the Council has powers under the Highways Act 1980 to require the owner to take action to make the tree safe. The tree team will refer these cases to the Council's highways department for further investigation. The Council is unable to assist in tree issues with neighbours.

The Arboricultural Association has details of tree surgeons and consultants.