1.0) Aim of the tree policy

The overall aim of the tree policy is to ensure that Arun’s tree stock is managed, maintained and enhanced in the most proactive manner, whilst ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of the public and property.

The policy will provide a framework to support the council in meeting its statutory legal obligations. Key to this is the adoption of risk-based approach to the management of tree stock.

Arun District Council has many legal obligations to manage the risks associated with trees including:

  • Occupiers Liability Act
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 
  • Highways Act
  • Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

An adopted policy will provide support and guidance to officers and the public decision making around trees, thus ensuring a consistent and transparent approach. Much of what is included within the policy is already common practice adopted by the council, but by formalising it as a council agreed policy, it will allow the effective management of public expectations in relation to tree management.