The Council has a duty to protect trees that have significant public amenity value. There are four types of tree protection.

Tree Preservation Orders

Councils can use Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) to protect trees, groups or woodlands of significant public amenity value. For further information please see our Tree Preservation Orders page. 

Trees in Conservation Areas

The historic core of most towns and villages is designated as a Conservation Area. Within this area, trees are protectedFor further information, please see our Trees in Conservation Areas page. 

Trees in the Countryside

To prevent the widespread felling of trees in countryside, anyone felling more than five cubic metres of timber within hedges, woods or copses in the countryside needs a Felling Licence. A single large tree could be in excess of five cubic metres, and therefore anyone felling trees in the countryside should seek further guidance about a felling licence from the Forestry Commission. Further information can be provided by The Forestry Commission

Private Covenants on Trees

Some selected trees have private property covenants preventing their removal. These covenants would be detailed in your Property Deeds.

The Council does not hold information on these covenants and does not have any powers to enforce covenants. You should refer to your Property Deeds and a solicitor for further guidance.