Who to contact in the event of tree damage in Steyning

RECENT wet weather has seen a number of trees damaged in the Horsham district, so residents are being reminded of who to contact.

Extremely wet ground conditions can make trees more vulnerable to wind damage, particularly if they are already in a weakened condition as the result of disease.

Horsham District Council has an ongoing programme of inspections for all of the trees it owns, which are located almost entirely within recreational land and public green spaces.

Parish councils are responsible for trees growing on land in their ownership, while the majority of trees growing on roadside verges are the responsibility of West Sussex County Council.

It is often the case that trees causing concern are growing on private land, and in these cases it is always the land owner who is responsible for them.

Unless a tree is deemed to be imminently hazardous, it is important to check that it is not listed as having a Tree Preservation Order, or growing within a conservation area, before carrying out any remedial work.

Contact the council’s planning team for advice on these trees by emailing planning@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 215515.

Other useful contacts are:

Horsham District Council’s parks and countryside team: parks@horsham.gov.uk / 01403 215255.

West Sussex County Council’s highways team: highways@westsussex.gov.uk / 01243 642105.

Environment Agency Floodline: 0845 988 1188

Environment Agency Enquiries: 0800 807060

For further information about flooding in general, a useful guide can be found on Horsham District Council’s website.