Trees will generally present a low risk of harm. However they can become dangerous due to their position or condition. Dead and decayed trees are important parts of the ecosystem and can support a wide range of wildlife. There is often no need to fell or prune dead, dying or decayed trees. If there is a reasonable likelihood the tree or branches could fall and cause significant harm or damage, an assessment of the tree is required 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 with the landowner. More information (including details of when the Council might take action) is provided in our dangerous trees advice note.
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