1. Introduction to tree management
The value of trees and woodlands, within the natural and built environment is becomingly increasingly recognised as more is understood about these large, dynamic living organisms and the wide range of benefits that they provide. Research has shown that these benefits include: contributing positively to our health and wellbeing; reducing pollution levels; cooling land and buildings; alleviating floods; providing habitats for wildlife; and increasing property prices.
The District of Teignbridge is fortunate to have many trees within its parks and open spaces, close to public buildings and in woodlands. The Council tree stock ranges from young to veteran and from native ancient woodlands to non-native single amenity trees. Teignbridge District Council is committed to protecting, enhancing and restoring this asset. Available resources to manage this asset are limited and it is important that resources are targeted to allow efficient and correct management of those trees where it is needed. The aim of this policy is to provide clear advice to residents who are affected by Council trees and what the management expectations should be.
To find out whether the Council has responsibility for a particular tree, please carry out a search of the "assets" layer map.