Search to find if a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order:
If your tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or if the tree is in a Conservation Area, you will need to apply for permission to carry out any work on them.
If you are still unsure whether you need permission, get in touch:
It is illegal to cut down, prune, or damage a tree that is protected by a TPO without the Council’s consent. The unauthorised lopping or felling of such a tree is a serious criminal offence and can result in a fine of up to £20,000.
If the trees are on the site of a development that took place within the last five years, work to the trees may be restricted by the planning permission granted for that development. Before doing anything, you will need to contact us to check.
If there many trees to be felled and they are not part of a garden, then you may need a Forestry Commission Felling Licence.
I think my tree is dead, can I remove it?
Any protected tree that is dead, dying or dangerous can be removed without the need to apply for permission. However, the responsibility of proof rests with you. If you plan to remove such a tree, it is a good idea to contact us as soon as possible so that we may carry out a site visit. It is also advisable to take photographs to show the problems with the tree.
Can I remove my hedge?
Only if it is within or forms the boundary of a garden and not protected by a condition of planning permission. Most other hedges are protected by the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 and formal notice must be given to us in writing. We then have 6 weeks from receiving the notice to prevent the work, if this is considered necessary, by serving a Hedgerow Retention Notice.
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