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Trees and Hedgerow Management

Trees owned by the Council

Clean Surroundings are responsible for the management of all trees on Sedgemoor District Council owned land. These include trees on land managed by Homes in Sedgemoor.

Clean Surroundings have a dedicated fully qualified arboricultural surgery team that are responsible for:

  • Approximately 6000 trees managed on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council
  • 1500 trees maintained on behalf of Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Routine tree surveys to assess the health and safety of our trees and any remedial works required
  • 400+ Trees subject to Preservation Orders
  • Maintenance to highway trees as a contractor to Somerset County Council

These Frequently Asked Questions provide further information about the maintenance of tree owned by the Council, and how our trees are managed.

If you discover a problem with a Council owned tree, please report it here: Report a problem with a Council owned tree

Please note that trees on the public highway are owned by Somerset County Council. To report an issue with one of these trees, please see their website: Report a problem with a tree by a road - Somerset County Council

Trees on land which is not owned by the Council

Our tree surgeons are also able to provide:

  • Quotations for work to privately owned trees - either domestic or business
  • Emergency 24 hour response service
  • Logs and Chipping recycling schemes
  • Quotations for Tree Asset surveys and estate management
  • Assessment of Trees (under threat) for protection by  Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Application Forms
  • Assessments for proposed tree works in conservation areas
  • Assessments for hedgerow removal notifications in Sedgemoor

A quotation can be requested here: Request a maintenance quotation for a tree on private property

Hedgerow regulations and application forms for hedgerow removal

The current Hedgerow Regulations came into force on 1st June 1997. Find out how these regulations affect your rights in respect of hedgerow removal.

Trees in Conservation Areas and Application Forms

Conservation area designation protects all trees within the boundary from harmful topping, lopping or felling.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Application Forms

This page provides general information in respect of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) including the process in which they are served and the implications of owning a protected tree.

Diseases affecting trees

High Hedge Disputes

Sedgemoor District Council can only get involved with hedge issues on residential properties. A garden hedge is useful as a boundary, creating privacy and encouraging wildlife but it can occasionally have its drawbacks.

arrowThe Forestry Commission arrowNatural England arrowThe Environment Agency arrowThe Tree Council arrowReport a problem with a tree by a road - Somerset County Council