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Trees in conservation areas

Trees are valued features of our towns and countryside and can make an important contribution to the character and sense of place of our local environment.

All trees with a stem diameter of 75mm or above, when measured at 1.5 metres from ground level are protected within a conservation area.

In addition to this many trees within conservation areas are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. If you want to do work to a tree(s) that are protected by TPO you need to follow the procedure for TPO protected trees.

Any proposal for the felling and pruning of trees within a conservation area that are not already protected by a TPO, requires a six week notice to be submitted to the council. This can be submitted using the standard tree works application form. 

Following the receipt of such a notice the council will look at the tree and decide whether the work notified will potentially harm the character and appearance of the conservation area. If the council considers the work would cause harm to the conservation area then the council will seek to stop or control the work by the creation of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

If a TPO is not made within the 6 week period then the work can go ahead as notified. The council can at any time after the 6 week period expires make a TPO prior to any work commencing.

A failure to notify the council of proposed works prior to it being carried out is a criminal offence and may result in significant penalties for those involved following a successful prosecution.

There are similar exemptions as those for TPO protected trees allowing work to trees in conservation areas.

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