Tree management and maintenance

Silva Homes manages around 15,000 trees on estates and communal land, which provide vast benefits to everyone living, working and visiting the area.

This page has information about what we do to maintain and manage trees to keep them safe and healthy, conserve and improve our tree stock. We have answered frequently asked questions below. Please click on the heading for each question for more information.

We have two qualified in-house arboriculturalists and we use a General Information System (GIS) to manage and schedule inspections, tree works and planting programmes.

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  1. What can I do if light is being blocked by a large tree?

    There is no height restriction in regards to how big a tree can grow. There is only a legal requirement to ensure our trees are safe and are not causing a legal nuisance, so we will not prune or fell a tree to improve natural light into a property or garden.

  2. What can I do about trees which are dropping leaves/fruit outside my house?

    We will not prune or fell any trees which are dropping fruit, cones or leaves, which is considered a natural process. We recognise that fruit may cause slip/trip hazards and public footpaths and highways are cleaned by the local council.

  3. What can I do if birds nesting in a tree are causing a nuisance?

    We will not prune or fell any tree(s) which is being used by birds to roost. Although bird droppings may be a nuisance, generally it is not considered to be of a significant level to warrant the pruning or removal of a tree. Pruning a tree will not provide a solution because birds will  roost on remaining branches. Nesting birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (and other related wildlife law). 

  4. What can I do if a tree is blocking TV signal?

    We will not prune or fell any tree(s) interfering with a TV/satellite reception but there may be alternative solutions.

  5. What should I do if a branch from a tree is touching my property?

    If a branch from a tree under the responsibility of Silva Homes is touching or close to a building, ie within 0.5m, we will take action to reduce or remove the nuisance (nuisance that could have grounds for a claim for damages).

  6. What do I do if I think a tree is dangerous and belongs to Silva Homes?

    An emergency can be defined as a tree in immediate danger of collapse or a tree causing an obstruction and requires urgent attention. 

  7. What can I do if trees are encroaching on my land?

    Home owners are allowed to consider removing parts of trees from the point where they cross the boundary of their land under a 'Common Law' right to remove the nuisance associated with encroaching trees. However the tree(s) causing an issue may be subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or within a Conservation Area (CA). 

  8. What can I do if I have a concern about a high hedge on Silva Homes' land?

    We aim to mediate disputes which relate to hedges on land occupied by our customers or on communal land under our management. This will reduce the need for an individual to use High Hedges legislation and make a High Hedge complaint under section 8 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act (1980).

  9. As Silva Homes customer, can I do work on trees in my garden?

    Trees in domestic gardens should first be inspected and managed by our in-house tree team, and any potential works to trees on our land should be organised and managed by us. Customers are advised to contact us if you have any concerns about tree(s) in your garden.

  10. How do I find out who a tree belongs to?

    We can provide details about trees that we own. If the trees are not owned by us, but are on communal land, they may belong to the local council. The council will be able to confirm if this is the case or you can contact the Land Registry.

  11. Does Silva Homes inspect trees?

    We inspect our trees on a one, three and five year cyclical basis, which reflects industry best practice and legal obligation. 

  12. Does Silva Homes plant trees?

    We are committed to maintaining and increasing tree cover across our land. We appreciate the significance of  trees and understand the social, environmental and financial benefits they offer to the local community. 

  13. My house was previously owned by the council, can I prune trees on my land?

    If you've bought your home, it may be on land which was previously owned by the council. In this case, trees on the land may have a restrictive covenant (a legal provision to stop certain things) and you may need to apply for the trees to assessed. 

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