(Please note - this section section deals with trees in and around the residential parts of the village.  For information about the woodland areas please see the separate section Woodland areas.)

Without doubt the trees in Martlesham Heath village add greatly to the quality of our enviroment.  However trees require long term management and this is one of the main aspects of MHHL's work.  

Our main principles are:-

  • We don't undertake tree work just because a tree or group of trees is shading a property. However if a tree is considered to be a safety risk to life or property, or if it's causing damage to property then we get an assessment done by a tree surgeon and their report and associated recommendations will be taken into account in deciding what should be done.
  • The indigenous silver birches, in particular, do not respond well to pruning as they nearly always decay  after pruning. Our policy is therefore not to prune silver birches, but to remove them completely if action is considered necessary.  In any case partial pruning of these birches will almost certainly result in a dense canopy which will cause more shade  than the specimen's normal form. 
  • We aim (as funds allow) to plant replacement trees so that over the long term the village does not lose its character and degenerate into a flat "hard" built landscape.  Where trees are planted nearer to houses we aim to plant trees that suit the soil and that will remain within a manageable size.   
  • We would like encourage residents to replace any trees in their gardens that they have to remove through disease etc.Some trees recommended for our soil and climate by our arboriculturalist are listed below and are what we have planted on the wide verges on the northern part of the village.  The links shown takes you to our supplier's website which provide more information about each tree.  

Betula Pendula Zwisters Glory - this is a large Birch with gleaming silver bark -

Crateagus x lavalleei Carrierei - a medium size Hawthorn with glossy, deep green foliage which lasts through to December, and orange-red haws which are also long lasting, often right through winter -

glossy, deep green foliage which lasts through to December.
The orange-red haws

Sorbus aria Lutescens -  a small, compact, rounded tree, producing white flowers in April and May and, in good years, orange-red, cherry like fruits in autumn.  Its young leaves emerge silvery-white from purple shoots in spring, before hardening to grey-green in summer -

Sorbus acuparia Edulis - a medium size Rowan tree with red berries -