Tree and woodland service

The Tree & Woodland Service is part of Community Greenspace, a specialised arboricultural officer is responsible for the management of approximately 32,000 trees in our parks and open spaces within the Perth & Kinross Area.

The trees and the woodland which we manage are inspected on a regular basis and work is programmed  as required. Work includes hazard and risk assessment, removal of large diameter dead wood and broken branches, crown lifting, felling and stump removal, and tree planting.  The icon Tree Management Policy [590Kb] explains our approach to managing trees owned by the Council. These policies also explain why we can not help with tree management on land not owned by the Council.

Visit our Tree & Woodland Map to find out if trees are protected by a Tree Preservation Order, are within a Conservation area, or are on PKC maintained ground.

Ash tree pest alert

Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxinea.  The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees and usually leads to tree death.  Some trees are more resistant than others and it is expected that some ash trees will survive.

Detailed information about the disease can be found on the Forestry Commission website including a short video on how to identify the disease.

If you think you have seen an ash tree on Council land that has been infected by the disease please contact us.

All suspected cases of diseased ash on land not owned by the Council should be reported directly to the Forestry Commission by phoning 01738 442830 or emailing panda.cons@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

What we will do to a tree

  • Inspect PKC owned trees to assess their health and stability
  • Raise a low crown over roads, paths or cycle ways
  • Reduce or remove snapped or broken branches in proximity to high use areas & residences

What we will not do to a tree

  • Fell healthy trees.
  • Prune trees encroaching on private property (you are legally entitled to prune any overhanging vegetation back to your boundary)
  • Reduce the height of trees
  • Prune trees to improve light levels at properties (as a resident you do not have a legal right to light that may be blocked by trees; however we do take this into consideration when planting and recommending tree pruning works).
  • Prune trees to improve TV/satellite reception
  • Prune or fell trees to remove or reduce seasonal occurrences such as leaf fall.

Council owned trees and telephone cables

It is the telephone service providers responsibility to maintain the service. Several options are available to the utility company that do not require the pruning of a tree to maintain the service. Often pruning is a temporary solution and the problem may reoccur when branches grow back. For example the cable can be sheathed at points of high friction; the line can also be redirected through the tree canopy. It may be that the telephone service provider is able to suggest an alternative solution to the problem of trees affecting telephone wires. The Council will not prune or fell a Council owned tree to remove or reduce interference with telephone wires.

Council owned trees and overhead power cables

Scottish and Southern Electricity  inspect all of their overhead power cables and notify the Council of any proposed tree works affecting Council owned trees. The Council is not required to routinely prune trees to clear power cables. Members of the public enquiring about trees and overhead power cables should contact SSE.

High hedges

Information about High Hedges affecting your property.

Forest Plan

The Council is currently producing a Forest plan and strategic environmental assessment covering all areas in Council ownership and management.

Contact details

Community Greenspace

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476