Tree maintenance

Benefits of trees

The city of Salford has higher than average tree cover, with 16% tree canopy cover compared to the national average of 11%.

It is widely recognised that trees provide a vital benefit to the city. Trees are important for the city's landscape and contribute to health and wellbeing of residents and visitors, the benefits of trees include:

  • Flooding - trees and woodlands can help water management, reduce localised flooding and alleviate the effects of larger floods
  • Provide shelter -  trees reduce wind speed around buildings, dappled shade from trees provides a useful barrier from ultra violet radiation
  • Stabilise soil - soil erosion on areas where there are no trees is up to one thousand times greater than a tree covered area
  • Filter air pollution - trees act as filters to remove particulate pollution deposited on leaves, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and can help with air quality
  • Reduce noise - trees planed close together can absorb noise and provide a barrier
  • Create wildlife habitats - trees of varying ages provide homes for wildlife habitat, shelter and broad diversity, trees also support a wide range and variety of mammals, birds and insects
  • Improve the landscape - the presence of trees frequently provides a softening effect to built structures, trees can form backdrops to urban settings to improve people's enjoyment of the city landscape, trees can screen sights and sounds
  • Climate change - trees absorb C02, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air, in one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of C02 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles
  • Increase property values - trees planted in surrounding streets and neighbourhoods can raise property values by as much as 15%

Most residents in the city live close to trees. Trees can, and often do, create varying degrees of inconvenience to residents. Conflict often arises when a tree or groups of trees make an important contribution to the local environment yet cause inconvenience to individual residents and those living nearby.

Sometimes the problem may arise from an inappropriate tree species planted in the past, increasing as the tree grows. In some cases pruning may address the particular issues.

Well maintained trees are naturally able to endure and withstand stormy and strong wind conditions. Occasionally a small number fail, either by branch loss, or in extreme conditions, uprooting.

The council acknowledges its responsibility as tree owner to ensure that its trees do not pose a danger to the public or property and are managed appropriately, with records maintained of inspection and any work carried out. The council also encourages private owners to undertake regular safety inspection of trees in their ownership.

If a council owned tree is found to be in such a condition that it poses a very high risk to people or property and is considered to be an emergency situation, instruction will be given to our tree contractor to make the tree safe within 24 hours.

In extreme weather conditions where there are several emergencies this timescale may increase.

Any tree work that is not of an urgent nature but requires remedial work to ensure the tree is safe in the long term or does not cause damage to property will be inspected within 15 days and the work carried out within a six month timescale.

Non essential work such as pruning trees to improve natural light levels to buildings will not be carried out and will not be inspected.

Further guidance can be found in the Tree Management Policy, which can be downloaded below. This took effect from 1 April 2016.

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This page was last updated on 7 April 2016

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