Trees and conservation

Apply to do works to a protected tree/ hedgerow

If you would like to carry out work to a protected tree or hedgerow for example; pruning or removal, then you must ask for permission from the Council. You need to make an application for permission for proposed works subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

When considering proposed works to preserved trees, including surgery or felling, it is necessary to consider the justification of the proposed works and its impact on the local environment.

The best way to apply is online through the government's planning portal where you can complete the relevant form here:

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We also recommend that you read the National Planning Practice guidance here:

5 Day Notice

Where a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order or in a conservation area and works are required because the tree is considered to be dead or imminently dangerous, a formal application is not required but at least five working days written notice must be given prior to the works taking place. Please email requests under a 5-Day Notice to [email protected] and include as much information as possible, including reasons to evidence that the tree is dead or dangerous.

Hedgerows

Hedgerows are statutorily protected if they meet a certain number of conditions. You may need permission to remove a hedgerow. Applications to the Council are required to remove ‘important’ hedgerows subject to protection under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. The regulations apply to any hedgerow which;

  • Grows in, or adjacent to any common land, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest, or is used for agriculture, forestry or the breeding of horses, ponies and donkeys and;
  • Has a continuous length of at least 20 metres, or if less than 20 metres, meets another hedgerow at each end.

An important hedgerow is a hedge which has existed for 30 years or more and satisfies one or more of the criteria listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Hedgerow Regulations 1997.

There is no fee for the notice.