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Tree emergencies

What is an emergency?

Any tree or branch that is causing immediate danger to either people or property in a public place is treated as an emergency.  For example:

  • Tree is snapped or blown over
  • Tree is rocking from the base – roots are damaged
  • A large branch has broken off or is hanging off
  • Tree or branch is blocking highway or footpath
  • Tree has fallen on to house or car

What should I do if I think this is an emergency?

If you consider that the tree requires immediate attention please call Parks and Countryside's Forestry Section on

  • (0113) 395 7400 during office hours (8am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm on a Friday)
  • (0113) 376 0499 out of normal office hours.

If the tree is causing an immediate danger to highway users, please call the Police on 999.

What information will I need to provide?

  • The exact location of the tree
  • A contact name and telephone number in case we need to contact you for more details

What we do when we get an emergency call?

Parks and Countryside provide a 24 hour emergency service. When we receive an emergency call we will immediately send a member of our team to assess the problem, and take the necessary steps to remove the danger or make things safe.