Trees, Forests and Woodlands

Trees and woodlands are a vital component of our landscape, enhancing the environment of our towns and villages and making a positive contribution to our quality of life. In certain situations they are protected by legislation. Trees also help integrate new development into it’s setting, however they can easily be lost or damaged through lack of consideration while development is taking place.

Find out more information about:

  • Protected trees - how to protect them, guidance before felling and advice on replanting
  • Forestry - including the Forest and Woodlands Strategy and felling licences

Ash dieback disease

Ash dieback is a highly destructive disease of ash trees caused by wind-spread fungus. The timbers of infected trees begin to decline, and branches can become brittle and break. Weakened trees can pose a safety risk, especially where they are next to people and property. Tree owners have a responsibility to manage affected trees and take decisions about pruning and felling based on identified risks. 

As a landowner, the council are surveying trees on council land, identifying ash trees, monitoring the spread, and developing an action plan for responding to the impact of the disease.

Not all ash trees will need to be felled. Ash is an important species for biodiversity and prominent feature of our landscape and where it is possible and safe to do so as ash trees should be retained.

Find out more about ash dieback in Scotland and view the Tree Council's guide for tree owners in Scotland.

Reporting tree issues

If you need to report an issue with a tree please see our Tree Issues page