Who owns trees?
A tree is owned by (and therefore the responsibility of) the person on whose land it stands.
If a tree straddles a border, ownership lies with the land on which it was originally planted. This can be difficult to determine, so in practice shared ownership is often assumed.
For all practical purposes trees in the highway are the responsibility of the Highway Authority. The Highway Authority has an interest to ensure that these trees do not present a danger to highway users. A Highways Technician can require land owners to remove or prune trees adjacent to the highway if they are considered to be dangerous.
For more information, contact your solicitor, or the relevant Highways Manager in Highways Maintenance. Follow the link on this page to find their contact details.
Do I need permission to fell or prune trees on my land?
You must have permission to undertake works on trees if they are covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or if they fall within a conservation area. You may also need a felling licence from the Forestry Authority if you are felling more than three metre cubed of timber; though gardens and certain other sites are exempt from felling licences.
Other than the above controls you are probably entitled to undertake works to trees that you own. It is advisable to contact either us or the Forestry Authority who will be able to give you a definitive answer on specific cases.
I want to plant trees - where do I go for advice and grants?
Advice and grants are available from several sources within Shropshire. The Forestry Authority administers the woodland grant scheme, which provides advice and very worthwhile grants for the establishment of woodlands over 0.25 hectares (ha).
For areas of woodland under 0.25 ha advice should be sought from either the Northern Shropshire Countryside Team or the Shropshire Hills AONB Team, depending on your location. There are links to these sources of advice on this page.