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Trees and hedges

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

Trees in a conservation area

Works to trees covered by an order

Urgent works

Advice on tree work

Replacing trees

Hedgerows

High hedges

Trees and hedges are a beneficial and important part of our landscape, in both town and country, it is therefore vital to protect them.

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

Tree Preservation Orders (known as TPO's) give protection to trees which are considered to contribute to an area's landscape and amenity, either individually or as a group. This protection means that any works to these trees can only be carried out with our consent.

Trees in a conservation area

Any trees within the boundary of a conservation area, where the trunk is over 7.5cm in diameter at 1.5m above ground level, are protected. This means that you must give us notice before carrying out any works to them.

Works to trees covered by an order

Before carrying out work to a tree that it is protected by a TPO or is in a conservation area, you must submit an application to us.

We will determine your application within eight weeks. There is no charge for this application.

If you disagree with our decision you have the right to appeal.

You must give six weeks' notice if you intend to carry out work on trees in a conservation area. If we consider that your works are not acceptable and we decide not to accept the notice, we must then serve a provisional TPO.

Urgent works

If you need to do work to a tree for safety reasons or where you consider a protected tree is dangerous, please contact us immediately.

We will take a maximum of five working days to confirm to you the works that are required to make the tree safe, you will then be able to proceed.

If you consider that a protected tree is dead, we will need to agree this with you before you carry out any work.

Please your include reasons for and details of the proposed works as part of your submission.

Advice on tree works

If you wish to do works to trees which are protected and need advice, it is your responsibility to seek this from an independent tree specialist.

Replacing trees

Trees have a limited life span and may become diseased or can cause damage to buildings. It is inevitable that some trees covered by TPOs will have to be removed from time to time. However, it is a legal requirement that these trees should be replaced. This must be agreed with us as part of your application.

Hedgerows

Hedges which are at least 20 metres in length, more than 30 years old and contain certain plant species are also protected. It is against the law to remove or destroy such a hedgerow without permission from us.

See further information on Hedgerow regulations.

High hedges

If you are having problems with a neighbour regarding a high hedge, find out what to do using the High hedges guidance. This will explain what you need to do to try to resolve the dispute.

If you have tried the options set out and cannot resolve the issue, you can ask us to get involved. Submit your complaint using the pdf icon High hedge complaint form [118kb].

We will not negotiate between you and the hedge owner, but will decide if the hedge affects your amenity or impacts on your enjoyment of your property.



Page last updated: 1 February 2018

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