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Trees play a vital role in the
environment. Not only do they provide character and beauty within
Medway but they also give us oxygen, help to form rain, absorb some
pollutants, reduce soil erosion, act as wind and noise barriers and
support much of the world’s wildlife.
However, trees arouse strong emotions in people: a beautiful
tree growing on a driveway is only beautiful if you don’t have to
park your car there. Medway Council tries to resolve matters
concerning problem trees in the most amicable and mutually
beneficial way possible.
Medway Council's tree officers in Greenspaces
manage council-owned trees on highways and open spaces. The
tree officers in Planning, create and enforce tree
preservation orders, manage notices relating to trees in
conservation areas, assist with the determination of planning
applications and discharge of planning conditions where
trees have the potential to be be affected by
development proposals. Officers are happy to offer advice to
members of the public on most tree-related matters
The team in Greenspaces also operates an emergency
call-out service for council-owned trees that are a danger to the
public or the highway.
Trees growing on the highway and in the council's parks and open
spaces are inspected twice annually by contractors who prune back
branches to ensure they do not obstruct the roads, footpaths or
The team is also responsible for planting trees on
land owned by Medway Council. These trees are usually native
species and are planted between December and March. Medway Council
try to replace any tree that has been removed. The team
also consider requests by members of the public to have trees
planted at particular locations, provided it is council-owned land.
This will include a survey to ensure it is a suitable site.
If Medway Council cuts down trees in the woods near your home,
it is most likely that the trees have been coppiced. Coppicing is a
traditional management technique for woodlands. Coppiced trees cut
to ground level are allowed to grow back in a regular cycle of five
to 15 years. This is usually done by Medway Councils ranger
The council has details of recommended tree specialists who are
members of its Fair Trader scheme.
a problem with a tree, request permission to plant a tree
or ask for advice.