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Dangerous trees

Trees on private land

As a landowner you must make sure your trees don't pose a risk to other people on or next to your land. You must regularly inspect your trees and carry out any necessary work such as removing deadwood if it presents a risk to people or property.

The landowner's guide to tree safety [3MB]  will help you decide if a tree is dangerous.   Contact the Arboricultural Association to find a qualified professional if you are not sure.

If you think a tree on someone else's property is dangerous you should always speak to the landowner before contacting us. If you're unhappy with the landowner's response, or think the tree could become a serious hazard, then contact us.

We may be able to ask the owner of the tree to carry out any work to the tree under the Miscellaneous Provisions Act (1976). This will depend on the circumstances, and we can only do this if the tree is imminently dangerous.

We have no power to deal with trees causing a general nuisance such as shading or leaf fall except for evergreen hedges.

If the tree is on private land, but obstructing a road or footpath, you should report this to Staffordshire County Council or by phone 0300 111 8000

Trees in parks

 If a tree in a park or open space is dangerous

If you need to speak with someone urgently or you are contacting us outside of our usual office opening hours please call 

 0345 605 3010  and you will be put through to our emergency out of hours team.