UKTC Archive

Tree planting and underground services

Subject: Tree planting and underground services
From: Jerry Ross
Date: Nov 15 2021 17:33:49
Are there regulations (or guidance) for lateral clearances required (or advised) for tree planting over or near underground electric cables? NJUG discusses the depth at which services should be set but it is largely guidance for installing services near trees, not planting trees near services. Is there any reason or justification for prohibiting planting in a wide verge because there are a couple of cables? (I take for granted that precautions need to be taken to avoid direct damage to cable, although I'm only talking about hand planting - no mini-diggers or tree spades involved.)

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