Trees in a conservation area

In conservation areas, notice is required for works to trees that have a trunk diameter of more than 75mm when measured at 1.5m from ground level (or more than 100mm if reducing the number of trees to benefit the growth of other trees).

You have to give your local planning authority six weeks’ written notice, (211 notification), unless an exception applies, before carrying out work on trees which are located in a conservation area but are not yet the subject of a tree preservation order. This gives the us an opportunity to consider whether an order should be made to protect the trees.

To see which trees are within a conservation area:

  • Click the ‘View Online Maps’ button below.
  • Find the location you wish to check for a conservation area via either of the following methods:
    • Click and drag the screen to move the map over the desired area, click the ‘+’ on the zoom bar on the left to zoom in.
    • Add the address or postcode into the ‘Quick Address Search...’ box at the top of the page, click on the magnifying glass, then click on the correct address from the list.
  • Click on the ‘+’ box next to the ‘CONSTRAINTS’, then click on the text for ‘Conservation Areas’ from the list. All conservation areas will now show on the map.
  • Click the ‘+’ on the zoom bar on the left to zoom in.

View Online Maps

You can give notice by submitting a tree works consent form, or you can apply online via the Planning Portal.

Unauthorised work on a tree within a conservation area can result in prosecution and a fine.

Gov.UK has more information on protecting trees in conservations areas.