Maintaining roads

Trees and vegetation

Our priority is to maintain the safety of the highway by keeping trees and vegetation from:

  • causing obstructions to the highway
  • threatening the safety of its users.

We have a programme to maintain vegetation and trees on Devon County Council-owned and or managed land and properties.

Trees that are maintained at the public expense – trees that can be considered to be owned by Devon County Council – and that may affect the most important roads and areas of our highway network, are inspected once every three years by qualified arboricultural experts.

Trees that are privately owned and may affect the highway do not receive inspections. It is the responsibility of the relevant landowner or occupier to arrange these surveys and to maintain their trees and vegetation.

Before April 2014, privately owned trees that might affect the most important roads were part of our expert programmed inspections. Since then, only our trees are inspected in this way.

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