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Tree Management

We can give general advice on trees, as well as being responsible for maintaining trees in our ownership or care.


NETs, Land and Countryside are responsible for the care of trees in the council's control. If you feel that a tree is sick, please contact us and your details will be taken and passed on to a qualified officer who can assess the tree.

If there is a tree preservation order in force in your area - or if you live in a conservation area - you will be restricted in what you can do. Staff in the Customer Service Centre can check whether your area or tree is covered by any restrictions.

Tree Management and Safety Policy for Trees and Woodlands 

Tree Related Issues and Enquiries

Should you encounter any issue with a tree, trees or woodland, you can report it using our online form.

Tree Planting Requests

The Council undertakes to plant or replace trees in open spaces managed and maintained by NETs, Land and Countryside. The number of trees planted can vary for year to year and we evaluate carefully all potential tree planting sites.

Tree Leaves Causing Problems

Tree will never be removed purely for this reason. However, there may be other reasons that tree pruning or removal may be considered. For example where a tree is dead/diseased, dying or dangerous or there maybe a high risk to public safety, in such cases replacement by more suitable species will be the primary option. Council street cleaning arrangements include provision for dealing with leaf litter.

Tree Preservation Orders

Advice can be given regarding trees which are in a conservation area or which are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPO). The Council's Development Management Service can provide guidance advice about conservation areas and TPO's. 

Further Information

NETs and Land Services Arbor Team, who are responsible for trees in West Lothian, have achieved ARB Approved Contractor status. Being one of its type within the arboricultural industry, the scheme seeks to set a benchmark for tree work standards and operations and covers the assessment of approximately 300 separate points as part of its qualifying criteria. The principle aim of the scheme is to promote the highest standards of tree care and management operations throughout the UK & Ireland but it also includes a very rigorous audit of health & safety management systems, compliance with industry good practice and high standards in customer care procedures.