Trees, woodlands and hedges


Trees and woodlands which contribute to the local environment can be protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Trees in Conservation Areas have similar protection. It is against the law to cut down or damage a protected tree.

You must give us notice and complete an application form if you plan to carry out any works to trees or woodland covered by a Tree Preservation Order. For trees in conservation areas, we must be given at least six weeks notice.

It is an offence to cut down or damage a protected tree.

For other tree issues, please use the links below:


Hedges that are at least 20 metres in length, more than 30 years old and contain certain plant species are also protected. It is against the law to remove or destroy such a hedgerow without permission from the council.

Further information is available from Natural England (external link).


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