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Trees in conservation areas

Most trees in conservation areas are protected.  If you wish to carry out work to a tree(s) in a conservation area that measures over 75mm in diameter (measured at 1.5 metres above ground level), you are required to notify us of your intention to carry out that work at least six weeks before the works are undertaken.

Find out if your tree is in a conservation area by checking our conservation area maps.

Make an online tree works notification

If you are unable to complete the application online, you can download a paper form:

To help us consider your notification we may visit your tree(s).  Appointments for such visits cannot usually be made. The local parish or town council and district councillor may also be consulted.

If we have no objections to the works you will receive a decision notice to that effect. (No conditions, e.g. re-planting, can be placed on that decision.)

If we consider that the works would have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area and that the tree(s) has significant public visual amenity, we will normally try to contact you to see if the notification can be amended. If an acceptable amendment cannot be agreed, a Tree Preservation Order will be served to protect the tree(s).

More information explaining the legislation governing tree protection in conservation areas is available on the GOV.UK website  and at legislation.gov.uk.