Looking after our trees

The University of Sheffield is proud to take care of around 10,500 trees across the estate. To ensure they are well cared for and continue to contribute positively to the Sheffield environment, we survey our trees on a regular basis to make sure they are in good health.


The Landscape management team

Our team use trusted local arboriculturalists to carry out any work.

Specialist equipment, in the form of an ultrasound tomograph and microdrill, enable us to monitor, plan and protect all our trees, ensuring that we can manage them effectively, keeping them healthy as long as possible and able to confidently assess when and if they are at the end of their lives through disease or decay or when they represent a health and safety risk.

Our tree replacement policy

Our tree management policy includes a commitment to replacing any tree we have to remove with at least two new trees, often more.

As we recognise that a sapling will take several years before it begins to make the same kind of environmental impact as an existing mature tree, we invest in semi-mature specimens where possible.

When we have to remove trees

Naturally, our tree surveys sometimes highlight trees which need to be removed.

We will only remove a tree when it is considered absolutely necessary and we hope, through the survey work, to be able to gather much more sophisticated intelligence about tree quality, enabling us to monitor condition and keep as many trees alive and well for as long as possible.

We communicate all our tree maintenance work on our EFM News pages.

Download and read our Tree Management Strategy 2020 (PDF, 1.23MB)

If you have any further questions, please email our Landscape Services Manager Douglas Brooke (d.brooke@sheffield.ac.uk)

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