Tree Issues

Trees enhance our natural environment by improving air quality and contributing to the beauty of the natural landscape. If you feel a tree is causing a problem the first step is to establish ownership of the tree, if the tree is in the ownership of Aberdeenshire Council then action will be taken on the following health and safety related issues:

  • Low branches causing obstruction to the highway or footpaths
  • Trees obscuring traffic signs or signals or sight lines on the highway
  • Structurally unsound trees
  • Branches touching buildings
  • Obtrusive root growth
  • Broken, hanging or fallen branches
  • Fallen uprooted trees
  • Dead, dying or diseased trees
  • Trees proven to be implicated in subsidence/insurance claims

However in circumstances such as those below action will not be taken:

  • Falling sap, pollen, leaves, seeds, flowers, nuts and/or berries
  • Interference to mobile phone, satellite or television reception
  • Blocking views or causing shading of gardens
  • Branches overhanging property
  • Trees that are considered to be too large

Before carrying out or instructing any tree work always check whether a tree is subject to a tree protection order, a condition of a planning consent or in a conservation area as permission will be required, it is an offence to carry out any work on protected trees without permission, this offence normally carries a fine of up to £20,000.