Tree Preservation Orders

Search to find if a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order

If your tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, 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 you can contact the Planning team by filling in the form.

It is illegal to cut down, prune, or damage a tree that is protected by a Tree Preservation Order without the Council’s consent. The unauthorised lopping or felling of a protected 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 please contact us to check.

Multiple protected trees in one area to be felled and they are not part of a garden 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. Before removing we recommend contacting us so we can carry out a site visit. Please also take photos to show the problems with the tree.

Can I remove my hedge?

Hedges can be removed if they are within or form 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.

Once notice is given we have six weeks to prevent the work if this is considered necessary. We will serve a Hedgerow Retention Notice if appropriate.

Last updated 12 September 2019
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