Trees in Welwyn Hatfield
The council maintains more than 28,000 individual trees, over 30 hectares of tree belt and numerous woodlands in both urban and rural areas across the borough.
Managing our Trees
In addition to trees on Welwyn Hatfield land, the Council manages verge trees on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Welwyn, Welham Green, Little Heath, Northaw and Cuffley.
Verge trees in Digswell, Oaklands, Essendon and certain rural roads remain the responsibility of Hertfordshire County Council.
Maintenance of council owned trees is undertaken in strict accordance with the policies in our recently revised Trees and Woodlands Strategy, approved by cabinet on 6th July 2013.
Tree Planting and Young Trees
Each year the council plants approximately 300 trees ensuring that the visual amenity of the street scene in the borough is guaranteed for future generations. Young trees are looked after closely for the first three years. They are watered during the spring and summer weeks if it is very dry, and checked for tight ties or loose stakes. Any trees that die, or are severely damaged, are replaced in the next planting season.
All surveyed council maintained trees are inspected every four years to assess their condition and to highlight any works necessary for health and safety reasons. If you have noticed a tree that requires some general maintenance please call the contact centre on 01707 357000.
It is sometimes necessary to remove trees that are dead, dying or have significant structural weaknesses. When the trees are felled, stumps are initially left in-situ, at about a metre high so they are clearly visible to the public. The stumps are then ground out in the subsequent months and the area is re soiled and seeded if necessary.
Interested in trees?
We have a very successful and friendly Tree Warden Scheme. If you would like to know more please call the contact centre on 01707 357000.