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Pruning and planting

We maintain our trees differently depending on where they are and what each particular tree type needs

Planting and maintenance schedules

Our planting season runs from December to March. If we need to remove a tree this is usually done during the tree felling programme which takes place during the autumn.

Trees in streets are maintained by the council's Tree Service and all street trees are maintained at least every 3 years. View our maintenance schedule (PDF).

Trees in council parks and gardens are regularly inspected and pruning done when needed to maintain the trees in healthy condition. 

Schools monitor and manage their own trees. If you see a problem with a tree in a school you should contact the school directly. Find an Islington school in our directory

Trees within communal areas on housing estates are maintained every four years. You can view our Housing maintenance schedule to see when an estate is next due for inspection.

If you spot a problem with a tree that you think needs attention now you can report this online.

Trees on private land

It is the responsibility of the owner of a tree on private land to make sure that it is in good health, inspected regularly, and that necessary works are carried out. Some trees in Islington are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs), are located within conservation areas, or have specified planning conditions; these require notification or an application to be submitted to carry out any works.

The council's mapping system shows where all conservation areas are and lists all of the trees with Protection Orders (TPOs) within the borough. When you go to the map select Planning, then Trees, then Tree Prevention Orders (TPOs). 

Tree removal

We only remove trees if they are dead, dying, diseased, or have been proven causing subsidence. Most trees are felled during the tree felling programme which takes place during the autumn. Felling involves cutting down the tree and the removal of the tree stump and this is carried out as two separate operations.

Diseased trees can often appear to be perfectly healthy and a common reason for removing a tree is due to fungal decay. A tree might have healthy looking leaves and produce a lot of fruit, but the main structure of the tree may have been weakened by fungus. Fungal growth on the outside of the tree is usually the first signal that there is damage inside. We usually fell trees in the autumn but if we need to remove a tree outside of this period, we will place sign on it giving at least a week's notice and explaining the reasons.

Very occasionally we will remove a tree without notices for reasons of public safety.

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