Trees and woodlands are a vital part of Edinburgh's landscape. They enhance the city's environment.
Private land is generally land which is not in the ownership of the Council. Find who owns land or property in Scotland with the Registers of Scotland's registers.
Trees on Council land
We manage trees in
- open spaces
- roadside verges and footways.
Contact the Forestry Service about the above at
For enquiries about trees within a council housing property contact the local housing officer.
For enquiries about trees within a school contact the school's business manager.
For out of hours emergencies
0131 200 2000
Protecting trees and woodlands
Trees in the City is a set of policies with an action plan which we use to guide the management of our trees and woodlands
Schedule of works
When the Forestry Service inspects a city tree and finds it needs work, it raises a work order in one of the priority catagories
- urgent - completed within 48 hours
- high - within 28 days
- medium - within 3 months
- low - within 12 months.
It marks trees that are to be
- removed with a white cross
- pruned with a white spot.
Dutch elm disease
There are several thousand elm trees in Edinburgh. They are slowly being attacked and killed by Dutch elm disease. To monitor the spread of this disease, we survey the city's elms each summer. Trees marked with a yellow or orange cross have Dutch elm disease. Any trees showing signs of the disease are removed.
Chalara ash dieback
Chalara ash dieback has spread very rapidly through the UK over the last few years and is now firmly established in Edinburgh.
Unfortunately there is no cure for the disease and although mature ash trees can live for a long time with Chalara, young trees are particularly vulnerable and can succumb to infection much more quickly. Where infected trees on our land are considered to pose a risk to persons or property corrective works and felling will be carried out.
We are developing our ash dieback action plan.
Get advice for landowners at Forest Research.
Heritage trees are notable and exceptional, whether this is due to great age, size or historical and cultural significance.
Valuing Edinburgh's Urban Trees
Valuing Edinburgh’s Urban Trees (PDF) is a survey by Forest Research on the state of Edinburgh's urban trees in 2017. It examined the benefits Edinburgh's urban trees have on the people living here and used location, species health and size to calculate the scientific benefits provided by trees.