Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England, which is managed by Strete Parish Council. Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe. Strete is situated on the South West Coastal Footpath and, with a variety of accommodation in the village, it is an ideal location to take a break in your journey. Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful AONB surroundings.
We have been made aware of cold-calling, potentially uninsured contractors claiming to be tree surgeons targeting vulnerable (particularly elderly) residents and claiming to be fully qualified, fully insured tree surgeons, offering to do tree and garden works for cash. They are stating they can carry out works to protected trees legally and provide residents with a certificate to submit to us to avoid prosecution. No such certificate exists and this is not the case. An application to SHDC in some form is required prior to carrying out works to any trees subject to a TPO or in a Conservation Area.
If you hear of any residents being approached by such contractors, please encourage them to take as many contact details for the contractors as possible along with vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of the individuals (if safe to do so) and report them to the police on 101 or via their website at https://www.police.uk/101/.
Please also observe the following important points:
Prior to agreeing to any tree works, residents should check the contractor’s insurance certificate and qualifications – anyone who has gone through the training and paid the necessary insurance premiums will be proud to share the information.
If the trees are protected by a TPO or in a Conservation Area, residents will need to be in receipt of written consent from the SHDC Tree Officer in a decision notice prior to carrying out works to such trees to avoid potential investigation which may lead to prosecution. Resident’s responsibilities in relation to ‘Protected Trees’ are outlined via the following links:
South Hams: https://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/3490/Protected-Trees
Guidance on how to find a suitably qualified, fully insured tree surgeon is available from the Arboricultural Association via https://www.trees.org.uk/Help-Advice/Public/Choose-your-Tree-Surgeon