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About the Arboricultural Service

The Arboricultural Service consists of specialised officers known as Arboriculturists. They are responsible for the management of thousands of trees in our parks and open spaces.

There are over 12,000 street trees across the city and they assist with the management of over 500 hectares of woodland in and around Brighton & Hove.

You can find out about:

If your question isn't answered on our web pages, or you have an emergency involving a tree, use our contact form.

Elm disease controls in Hove

Council tree experts became aware of a concentration of affected elms in the Westbourne Street area of Hove in August 2015. 

After an extensive search of the area, they identified the source as a pile of logs on private land that had become a breeding ground for the elm beetles. 

The log pile has now been destroyed. 14 trees have had to be destroyed. Our tree experts are dealing with this outbreak as a matter of urgency.

Brighton & Hove is host to the National Elm Collection, partly because of its excellent track record in elm preservation.

Whenever residents have work carried out on elm trees, it's vital that the material is deposed of correctly by competent tree surgeons or gardeners. When purchasing fire wood you should always check with the supplier that it contains no elm wood.

Read more about protecting Elms

For more help about Elm trees or identifying suspect logs:

About storm damage and tree pruning

The stormy weather over the last few years led to us prioritising hazardous trees and other issues. This has had a knock-on effect of reducing the number of street trees pruned. This has also delayed pre-scheduled and proactive work by about a year.

Brighton & Hove has an estimated collection of 12,000 street trees which receive health and safety inspections every 3 to 4 years. We check for Elm disease and dead trees annually and act quickly to help prevent Elm beetle infestations and infections.

Highway trees are subject to statutory work which requires the removal of obstructions such as the clearance of basal growths and low branches. This allows for the free passage of pedestrians and vehicles.

How we manage ash dieback

Go to our ash dieback page to find out:

  • how ash dieback affects our ash trees
  • how we manage ash dieback
  • what area we're working on