Trees in conservation areas
It is offence to carry out the following works:
- Cut down
- Wilfully damage or
- Wilfully destroy
to any tree located within a conservation area that measures more than 75 millimetres in diameter when measured 1.5 metres above the ground.
Anyone wishing to carry out works to such a tree in a conservation area must give notice to the council in writing at least 6 weeks before they wish to carry out the work:
It is an offence to carry out the works unless you have given notice in writing to the council, and either:
- you have received a decision; or
- 6 weeks have expired since you served a valid notice on the council and you have not received a decision.
Anyone found guilty of this offence is liable, if convicted in a magistrate's court, to a fine up to £20,000.
If the council does not determine the application within the 6 weeks referred to above the works may automatically proceed providing the works are carried out within 2 years of the notice.