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Tree management and Arboriculture team

South Somerset District Council manages approximately 350 hectares of public open spaces including nature reserves, country parks, historical sites, sports and recreation ground sites, car parks and amenity spaces. All is freely accessible by the public and is often in close proximity to major roads and property boundaries.

The Council recognises that the risk from falling trees is low however, as a large, public landowner, it has specific legal and moral responsibilities to visitors to its land and members of the public in general.

The Council has implemented a Tree Risk Management Policy since 2019 and has subjected this to a review. This document has been revised in accordance with current industry best practise, court precedent and statute.

The Council will continue to proactively manage its tree resource while balancing this against the benefits that they provide:

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