How we look after our trees

Montpellier gardens

As far as possible, council-owned trees are allowed to grow to their natural form and size, in keeping with the original ideals behind tree planting in the town.  Therefore, the pollarding of trees is not undertaken as a matter of course as in many other towns and cities. 

Health and safety inspections are undertaken in trees growing in parks and gardens and most other open spaces. The frequency of the inspections are determined by the risk imposed by trees based on their size and maturity and the volume of use a park receives or risk posed upon other adjacent property. 

Any necessary pruning works are prioritised and if funds are available, then these works will be undertaken. However, the council does not usually prune trees to allow light, enhance views or to remove seasonal nuisances such as fallen leaves and fruit etc.

An article about Cheltenham’s iconic copper beech tree in Montpellier Gardens was published in the Arboricultural Association summer newsletter.

For more information please contact us.