TreesTrees are a vital component of the landscape and make an important contribution to the attractiveness and environment of Stirling's towns, villages and countryside.
Trees enhance views, help to define character and add a sense of place. They provide colour, seasonal interest, biodiversity value and are central to the well-being of people as well supporting many varieties of plants, animals and birds. As our climate changes our existing trees and woodlands all help to reduce the effects of global warming helping to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well as reducing air and noise pollution.
This section will help you find the right information and contact details to deal with your tree related enquiry. It may also prove useful to refer to the following Stirling Council Supplementary Guidance for further information:
- Trees and the LawIf you are considering a development close to trees, please read the Stirling Council Supplementary Guidance for further information.
- Trees and New DevelopmentIf you are planning to carry out tree work then first consider who owns the tree and make contact with them. Please read the Stirling Council Supplementary Guidance for further information. A Land Registry search may be required.
Check if your tree/s & woodlands are protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
Check if your tree/s & woodlands are within a Conservation Area.
See Tree Management for advice on Stirling Council’s Tree works Application process.
Further Information on Trees and Woodland in Stirling Council area
For information regarding trees on Council land - Contact Centre Contact-us or call (01786 404040)
- For information regarding trees on Council land eg Parks, open spaces and council maintained Woodlands, ask for your enquiry to be forwarded to Land Services.
- For information regarding roadside trees out-with urban 30mph areas ask for your enquiry to be forwarded to Roads Services.
- For information regarding trees over-hanging/blocking roads and footpaths, ask for your enquiry to be forwarded to Roads Services.
- For information regarding trees on Council properties ask for your enquiry to be forwarded to Housing Services (Council tenants).
For further Information on Protected trees, and Trees & Woodland not owned by Stirling Council within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, contact their Tree and Woodland Adviser for advice on (01389) 722024, Email or visit their Website.
For further information regarding planning and environmental issues associated with the Stirling and Clackmannanshire Forestry and Woodland Strategy, contact Stirling Council Development Planning.
Felling Permission from Scottish Forestry
Generally speaking, no action is required to carry out work to trees which are not protected. If more than 5 cubic meters (equivalent to 2 large mature trees) is to be felled then a Felling Permission is required from the Scottish Forestry. However, trees in a garden, orchard, churchyard or designated open space are exempt from a Felling Permission.
For further information contact their Local Office- Perth and Argyll Conservancy on 0300 067 6005 or Email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tree Owners’ Responsibilities
Owners are responsible for maintaining unprotected trees in the same way as protected trees – they have a duty of care. It is important that trees are regularly inspected and necessary maintenance carried out to ensure they remain healthy and safe. The National Tree Safety Group provides Guidance leaflets to download for the Domestic tree owner and for Estates & smallholdings.
Reporting Unauthorised Works
If you have any concerns that potentially unauthorised tree works are in progress please Contact Us or call 01786 404040.
Bats, birds and red squirrel have legal protection and it is an offence to be in breach of the law – further information and guidance is available from Scottish Natural Heritage or contact their Stirling Office on: 01786 450 362.
Wildlife crime can also be reported to Police Scotland’s Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer.
Further information can be found at UK National Wildlife Crime Unit.
Last updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 9:51 AM