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Dangerous Trees

Generally trees present a low risk of harm but they can become dangerous due to their position and condition. Dead and decayed trees are important parts of the ecosystem and can support a range of wildlife. There is often no need to fell or prune dead, dying or decayed trees unless there is a reasonably forseeable likelyhood of the tree failing and causing significant harm or damage. This will often require an assessment of the tree by a suitably qualified person.

Cornwall Council has limited powers to act in the case of privately owned trees. If you are concerned about the safety of privately owned trees you should raise your concerns in the first place with the landowner. More information, including details of how and when the Council might take action is provided in our dangerous trees advice note.

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