Martlesham Heath Householders Ltd (MHHL) is a not for profit company whose remit is the maintenance of 230 acres of open spaces and other assets owned by the company. MHHL is managed by volunteer directors supported by other volunteers.
MHHL has a reactive system for managing tree safety. Martlesham Heath residents report tree concerns/issues to MHHL that are considered by the MHHL committee. The MHHL administrator has authority to take emergency action if a tree becomes dangerous. A professional tree contractor undertakes all tree work.
Martlesham Heath has open land and it is not possible to restrict public access during periods of high winds. Local information such as news outlets etc. will inform the public to take care of their personal safety.
1. How MHHL will manage Tree safety:
MHHL has a detailed map (MHHL) of land ownership in Martlesham Heath. The Western Corridor is a designated site of special scientific interest SSSIand is managed by MHHL against a 10 year plan agreed with Natural England.
Engage a professional tree contractor to conduct an overall tree assessment to identify high and low risk tree zones and to conduct tree inspections.
The Contractor will be requested to divide trees on MHHL into two zones.
2. Tree Inspection Records - MHHL will maintain records of tree checks as follows:
Occasionally after discussions with the tree expert it may be decided to retain a tree(s) that have serious structural faults or have died. Where such a condition is identified and the tree also poses a potentially serious risk because of its proximity to an area of zone 1, a specific assessment with management measures for that tree will be provided by the professional tree contractor. MHHL will implement their recommendations.
It is a legal requirement to avoid disturbing nesting birds and MHHL will plan to undertake tree maintenance to avoid the bird-nesting season (usually between 1 March to 1 September). Should it be necessary to undertake urgent tree work during the nesting season MHHL will check for nesting birds and avoid cutting or trimming in the vicinity of any nests until the fledglings have flown unless there is an immediate public safety risk which cannot be controlled in an alternative way.
The public are encouraged to report tree damage so that appropriate action can be taken which may include restricting access to an area as an interim measure prior to remedial work. MHHL contact information is available on the website and on public signs.