Protected trees and hedgerows

Certain trees are protected and cannot be felled or pruned without our permission. 

Conservation areas

Trees in a conservation area with a stem wider than 75mm are protected.

Anyone wishing to fell, prune or uproot a tree in a conservation area must give us 6 weeks written notice.

Tree preservation orders (TPO)

Trees protected by a TPO may not be pruned or felled without our consent.

Cutting protected trees without consent may result in a fine.

Find out whether a tree is protected

You can now check online for TPO and conservation areas.

Apply to carry out works on a protected tree

You can apply online for permission to carry out tree works.

Request a new TPO

You can email us to request a new TPO. We will need to know:

  • the exact location of the tree
  • why you think it’s important
  • what the threat is

Protected hedgerows

Under the Hedgerow regulations 1997, it is against the law to remove most countryside hedgerows without permission. Please visit for more information about these regulations.

When a tree is covered by a Tree Preservation Order it is an offence (unless exempt) to carry out work or to fell it without written consent. This can lead to a prosecution and a fine and, in serious cases a criminal record. Where a tree is removed without consent there is usually a duty to plant another tree of an appropriate size and species in the same position as reasonably possible. The council can enforce this replanting by serving a Tree Replacement Notice.

Felling timber

If you are felling or selling quantities of timber you should also check with the Forestry Commission to find out if you need a Felling Licence.

For more information on any of the above, please email us

Further information

Trees and the planning process
Tree preservation orders: frequently asked questions
Trees in conservation areas: frequently asked questions
Protected hedgerow regulations