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Tree management

Our Arboricultural Officer works with our grounds maintenance contractor and tree surgeons to manage trees on council owned land.

Trees in parks and open spaces

We are responsible for trees in parks and open spaces that we maintain.

To let us know about fallen or dangerous trees on our land contact the Parks and Open Spaces team.

Trees on road verges

If you see any issues such as fallen trees or overhanging branches on roads, highways, public footpaths or bridleways please contact Cumbria County Council to report a fault on the highway.

Tree management in Fletcher Park, Kendal

The trees in Fletcher Park were planted in the Victorian era and as such a number are now showing signs of decline. 

Two trees needed to be removed following storm damage in November 2015. Three further trees were felled due to fungal infection by wood decay fungi Armillaria and Meripilus following safety assessments. One lime tree blew down in high winds despite not showing any signs of disease or instability.

Local residents are working with us to plant replacement trees and improve the park environment for both residents and visitors to the park.

If you would like to become involved, please contact the Parks and Open Spaces team.

Tree management off Glebe Road, Bowness

We are working with the National Trust, Windermere and Bowness Civic Society and the local community to improve the planting along the access road which leads from Glebe road to Cockshott Point. We have taken out non-native species which had become overgrown, blocking light and visibility to this road. This is the first stage in an ongoing project which will include re-planting with more suitable trees and hedges to encourage wildflowers and habitat areas. We will also be installing an interpretation board to provide the public with information about our services in Bowness and the National Trust land at Cockshott Point.

Chalara dieback of Ash in South Lakeland

In recent months Chalara dieback of Ash has been identified in woodlands within the South Lakeland area. Chalara dieback of Ash, caused by the Hymenoscyphus fraxineus fungus, has the potential to have a significant impact upon the health and appearance of woodlands in the area.

The national response to the spread of Chalara dieback of Ash is being co-ordinated by the Forestry Commission who should be informed of any suspected infection sites. Forest Research have details of how to identify and report potentially infected trees.

Implications for access to SLDC managed land

All our public access sites, including woodlands, continue to be open to the public. The spores that cause Chalara Dieback are easily spread by the wind, contact with footwear, clothing and pets.

Planning issues

Find out about planning for trees and hedges.

Or if in the National Park area contact Lake District National Park Authority planning.

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