Managing your trees, including protected trees

Many trees are protected by law, most commonly by tree preservation orders and all trees in conservation areas. You need written permission from us before you can carry out any work on any protected tree.

If you work on a protected tree without permission we may take a range of enforcement actions including prosecution, with fines of up to £20,000.

You can apply to do work on a tree on land that you do not own, but work cannot be carried out without the landowner’s consent.

You will have to pay for all works yourself.

Finding a tree surgeon or other arboricultural contractor

We can't make any endorsements but here is a useful list of local tree contractors and consultants from The Arboricultural Association.

Find out if a tree is protected by law

Please complete this form or contact us to enquire about a tree.

Apply for permission to work on a protected tree

Here is the application form and the guidance notes for tree works. We may attach conditions to your proposed works. If you require further help here are our contact details

Appeal a refused request

If we refuse your request we'll tell you how you can appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government . If they allow your appeal they may vary our decision after appointing an independent expert to inspect the tree.

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