Trees in a conservation area

Trees in conservation areas are protected from being cut down or having work done to them to preserve the special character of the area and this also applies for trees that encroach over your boundary which you would usually be able to remove as part of your common law rights.

If you wilfully damage or destroy a protected tree, you could be prosecuted and fined.

To see which trees have a preservation order on them, or are in a conservation area visit Maps Online, expand the Constraints heading in the left hand column, select the option(s) you wish to view on the map and then zoom in to the area you are looking for.

How to apply

You must give six weeks’ notice by submitting a tree works consent form and you can apply via the planning portal.

You do not normally need permission to cut down or do work to trees that are:

  • less than 75mm in diameter (measured 1.5m above ground)
  • less than 100mm in diameter (measured1.5m above ground) and cut down to help the growth of other trees
  • dead or dangerous. A reputable tree surgeon should be your first contact for advice. Typically the tree surgeon will contact us with an ‘emergency’ 5 day notice of works that are urgently necessary to remove an immediate risk of serious harm.
  • grown for fruit production in the course of a business or trade

To ensure there is no misinterpretation of the above guidelines, it is advisable to contact us using the pre-application advice service (fee exempt) before carrying out any work.

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