THATCHAM TOWN CRICKET CLUB
POLICY ON TREE MAINTENANCE AND PROTECTION
Thatcham Town Cricket Club acknowledges and understands its responsibility to maintain and protect trees that adorn its ground in Brownsfield Road. The purpose of this policy document is to describe what the Club are doing to achieve this so that club members, local residents and Thatcham Town Council, amongst others, are clear on how the Club will respond to matters arising with the trees.
Thatcham Town Council, who own the land on which the cricket club is situated, have a tree policy that states:
Thatcham Town Council understands its responsibility to keep its trees in a healthy and safe condition so that they do not cause any legal nuisance. In this respect, Thatcham Town Council understands it has an obligation to inspect its trees and to ensure work is carried out to abate legal nuisance.
Thatcham Town Council appreciates the considerable benefits of having trees and understands that trees can enhance a person’s quality of life and form an integral part of an urban environment’s shape, colour and diversity.
In keeping with its Environmental Strategy, Thatcham Town Council recognises that trees can help reduce air pollution and can help to combat the effects of global warming by providing shade from the sun, reducing wind speeds and reducing extremes of temperature. Trees also offer valuable support to a range of wildlife by providing food, shelter, nesting and roosting sites.
Thatcham Town Council has no legal obligation to prune a tree for the benefit of its neighbour’s level of light. A person’s tolerance of shade or their need for light, both daylight and direct sunlight, is a subjective and personal matter. However, Thatcham Town Council does understand that at times a flexible approach is required when dealing with complaints about its trees and will always give further consideration if the effects of the trees are considered to be affecting the quality of life of the complainant.
Trees add dimensions of height, shape and colour to an area in a way that nothing else can.
The Club recognises its role in the community with regards to the trees on its ground and is adopting the same approach as Thatcham Town Council regarding the health and safety of these trees. We achieve this by following these guidelines:
The club has no legal obligation to prune a tree for the benefit of its neighbour’s level of light. However, the Club does understand that at times a flexible approach is required when dealing with complaints about its trees and will always give further consideration if the effects of the trees are considered to be affecting the quality of life of the complainant.
The Club regularly monitors the state of the trees within the ground and will take all action necessary to avoid a legal nuisance.
The Club will consider other requests from club members and local residents (for additional tree maintenance) sympathetically. If it was agreed that further tree maintenance would be desirable, the Club would work with interested parties to identify potential funding avenues to pay for the work to be done.
All trees within the ground are numbered and tagged, with their condition and proposed management recorded in the Tree Survey Schedule. The Schedule is regularly updated and is available on request from the Club.
The Management Committee of the Club reviewed this version of the policy on 11th January 2016, and forwarded it to Thatcham Town Council for their information and feedback.
It was placed on the Club’s website April 2016
This policy is reviewed every two years. It will be next reviewed in January 2018.