Decision details

Tree planting policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Cabinet considered the interim head of policy and programmes’ report on a policy for planting trees on council land.  The joint policy outlined how South Oxfordshire and the Vale would protect, plant and manage trees on council land, and how the community would be supported with their tree planting initiatives. 


The council had previously sought to increase tree cover, protect trees on their land, and help to achieve their respective carbon neutral targets.  The policy also set out how community groups could apply to plant trees on council land. 


Cabinet welcomed the policy, as it would support communities that wished to plant trees on council land.  Cabinet asked that a review of the tree planting policy was carried out in six months’ time, or after the approaching tree planting season, to allow the council to learn from its experience. 




(a)       approve the policy for planting trees on council land; and


(b)       conduct a review of the policy in six months’ time. 

Report author: Michelle Wells

Publication date: 02/11/2021

Date of decision: 01/10/2021

Decided at meeting: 01/10/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 10/10/2021

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