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Natural Environment consists of three teams which are Forestry, Natural Habitats and Public Rights of Way.

We are responsible for tree management and safety, nature conservation and managing the footpath, bridleway and byway network across the Leeds District.

The Forestry Team undertakes the tree management for a diverse range of clients within Leeds City Council, including the Housing, Education, Highways and Social Services.

We also undertaken work for Southern Electric Contracting, for whom we address issues relating to trees affecting the district’s street lighting and, of course, we also manage the trees on land managed by Parks and Countryside such as parks, cemeteries and areas of woodland and other countryside.

As part of the Council’s peace and emergency planning system we provide a 24/7 emergency standby and call-out service throughout the City. This means we have members of the team on-call, who will attend any situation where a tree is presenting a hazard to either people or property, at any hour of the day. 

Leeds City Council, like all landowners, has a duty of care for the people who use the land we own and manage or who are our neighbours. To this end, the Forestry Team ensures that the trees for which we have responsibility, are safely managed, so that they don’t pose an unreasonable risks to people or property. Additionally, we also ensure that any legislative requirements, that we need to meet in order to ensure good practice within industry standards, are met.

To contact any of the Natural Environment teams, please call Farnley Hall on 0113 3957400.