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Highway trees (on council land)

We maintain approximately 22,000 highway trees, and also any trees within falling distance of the public highway.

A specially trained arboriculture inspector is employed to manage highway trees. This is to ensure a high standard of tree maintenance, and includes periodic inspections of all trees within the borough. The aim of the inspection is to establish the condition of the tree and ensure it's healthy, safe, and not causing an obstruction or damage to its surroundings, for example properties, footpaths, roads etc.

The most common questions about highway trees in Middlesbrough are answered in our tree policy.

Overhanging trees (on private property)

Homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of any trees, hedges or shrubbery within the perimeter of their property, which adjoin a public highway.

If any vegetation from a private property restricts a pedestrian’s access on the public highway or is dangerous to vehicular traffic, action can be taken under the Highways Act 1980.

A notice will be issued to owners to seek their cooperation in trimming back the offending vegetation. However, after the notice expires, we may arrange for works to be undertaken and the costs recovered from the owners.

The most common questions about overhanging trees in Middlesbrough are answered in our tree policy.


You can let us know about the following problems online:

  • fallen trees
  • diseased, dying, or dead trees
  • fallen branches
  • snapped branches (resting in tree)
  • low branches overhanging the highway or footpath
  • trees obstructing a street lamp
  • a tree dropping leaves, fruit, or blossom
  • trees causing a structural issue to a property
  • uplifted or cracked footpaths as a result of a tree

Please check our tree policy before reporting any issues. The policy clearly states which issues we will not take any action on. Please do not report an issue to us if the policy states that we will not take any action on it.

To report any of these issues, please use the trees and arboriculture form or call the Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

If you're making a report outside of business hours (Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 3pm) and you feel it's unsafe or an emergency, please contact our out of hours service on 01642 726050.

Request a tree

When you make a request to have a tree planted in the town, you'll need to tell us exactly where you'd like the tree planting, and the reason why.

If you'd like to fund the planting of a tree yourself, costs start from £250. The total cost will depend on the variety of the tree, and includes the maintenance required for 12 months after the tree has been planted. If the tree fails to survive the first 12 months after being planted, we'll replace it free of charge.

If you're unable to pay for the tree yourself, you can request that we pay for it. Please note, we're currently unable to fulfil any requests for the planting of trees due to a lack of funding, however your request will be added to a list and considered if funding is available in the future.

Additional things you should know:

  • not all locations are suitable for tree planting
  • we no longer grant permission for memorial trees to be planted on our land

Use the online form to request a tree.

Tree policy