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Proximity of Trees to Buried Electricity Infrastructure

Jessika Venn made this Environmental Information Regulations request to Western Power Distribution
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Dear National Grid Electricity Distribution / Western Power Distribution,

Please could you provide me with any policies/recommendations/guidance/etc you have (i.e. for local councils / planning authorities) with regard to the location of trees in proximity to your buried infrastructure (including, but not limited to; a) the location of existing trees, and b) the planting of new/replacement street trees).

Relatedly, the details of any enforcement or legal powers you may hold in relation to the aforementioned.

Yours faithfully,

Jessika Venn

NGED, Legal, Western Power Distribution

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Dear Ms Venn

Thank you for your enquiry dated 2nd April, Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) are required to consider trees when planning and executing their statutory duties in the highway and elsewhere, and to follow a defined process based on industry good practice, so as to minimise the risk of damage to trees

Some Local Authorities & Highways Departments require an Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS) from a DNO before permitting excavations in the vicinity of their trees.

As a minimum, an AMS will be based upon the National Joint Utilities Group Guidelines for the Planning, Installation and Maintenance of Utility Apparatus in Proximity to Trees (NJUG Volume 4).

NJUG 4 is industry produced guidance, and has no legal standing beyond accepted industry good practice or contractual requirements. There is a section that lists the relevant legislation (see 6 & 7) and I have attached the document for easy reference. Tree removal and replacement would generally be by agreement with the Local Authority or Highways Department and NGED on a case by case basis.

Kind regards

Tara L.E Brewin
Data Privacy Manager
Data Privacy Office
Electricity Distribution
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