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Overhanging trees on a road or footpath

On this page:

- Overview
- Report trees or hedges affecting road or footpath safety
- If the tree is on a motorway, metro line or railway
- Other tree maintenance issues 


We ensure branches are cut back where they are covering streetlights, road signs and other street furniture, to maintain safety on the highway.

Our highways team can only respond to reports of overgrown trees or hedges when there is a risk to the public. For example, if there are branches affecting the line of site for motorists, or branches overhanging a public path that is blocking access. 

We aim to visit all reports of trees or hedges which have overgrown onto a road or public footpath within 10 working days to inspect the problem.

For trees or plants on council-owned property we then aim to resolve issues within 8 weeks. If the council is not responsible, we will find and notify the property owner of what action they should take. In these cases, issues can take longer to be resolved.

If a tree has fallen, use our  report a fallen tree form.

    Report trees or hedges affecting road or public footpath safety

    You can request that we look at an issue you feel is being caused by a tree, shrub or hedge if you think it is causing an issue on a road or public footpath. You can complete our online form, or you can call our customer service team on 0191 433 7000. 

    You will need to tell us the exact location of the issue. You can also upload an image if you have one.

    Report a tree or hedge affecting road or public footpath safety

    Please note this form is only to be used for issues on roads or public footpaths. For tree maintenance issues not affecting road or footpath safety, visit our tree management and maintenance page for more guidance.

    If the tree is on a motorway, metro line or railway

    • If the tree is on the A1 or A194(M), please contact National Highways (opens new window) on 0300 123 5000.
    • If the tree is on a metro line, please contact Nexus on 0191 203 3666.
    • If the tree is on a railway, please contact Network Rail on 03457 11 41 41.

    Other tree maintenance issues

    For tree maintenance issues not relating to overhanging or overgrown trees on a road or footpath, visit our tree management and maintenance page.