Tree preservation orders

Trees in conservation areas

It is offence to carry out the following works:

  • Uproot
  • Cut down
  • Top
  • Lop
  • 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:

  1. you have received a decision; or
  2. 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.

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