New policy being worked on for looking after thousands of trees in Wellingborough

An avenue of trees in London Road, Wellingborough
An avenue of trees in London Road, Wellingborough

People are to be asked for their views on a new policy regarding trees in Wellingborough.

A draft tree policy has been drawn up for consideration by Wellingborough Council’s services committee next week.

Councillors will be asked to approve that a six-week consultation is carried out on the draft policy and a further report is then submitted with a final version which addresses any problems raised in the consultation.

A report prepared for the meeting states: “A draft tree policy has been prepared in discussion with Wellingborough Norse (WNorse) following a number of queries being raised by customers.

“Following consultation and potential redrafting, it is intended that this document be adopted as council policy, thus providing clarity to our customers.”

Tree policies are aimed at providing information on the guidance and procedures regarding management of trees.

Once finalised, it is intended that the document will be used by council officers, councillors and the local community as a guide to the council’s approach to tree management, and may be of use when complaints and concerns are raised.

The draft version covers a number of issues, including tree planting, trees on development sites, high hedges, tree preservation orders and emergencies.

The report says: “The council is responsible for managing a significant number of trees within the borough of Wellingborough.

“The overall tree population is an estimated 76,000.

“Wellingborough Norse (WNorse) maintains the trees on behalf of the council and employs an arboricultural officer.

“Areas of work include the proactive management of trees in the highway (via a contract with the county council), parks, gardens, churchyards, industrial estates and housing amenity areas.

“The council employs a landscape officer within the planning team who deals with tree preservation orders, conservation areas and trees on development sites.

“Advice is sought from WNorse’s arboricultural officer on technical tree-related issues within the planning department.”

The proposed tree policy will be discussed by members of the services committee at its meeting which starts at 7pm on Tuesday (April 4) at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.