Trees within a conservation area are protected by law and you must notify us before starting works.

If you want to cut down or carry out any work to a tree in a conservation area, you must notify us at least six weeks in advance. This is to allow us time to consider whether we need to protect the tree further with a Tree Preservation Orders.

All trees in a conservation area which have a stem diameter of more than 75mm have a statutory protection. You can find out if a tree is in one of our conservation areas by looking at the maps on our conservation areas page.

The easiest way to make sure we have all of the information we need to consider your proposal is to check through our pages on planning permission. As with Tree Preservation Orders, there are exemptions to this.

The offences and penalties for carrying out unauthorised work are also similar to Tree Preservation Orders.

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