Trees in Conservation Areas
All trees in Conservation Areas are protected from unnecessary felling or lopping by the 1990 Town & Country Planning Act.
The law requires that anyone proposing to cut down or carry out any work on any tree in a conservation area must give the Council six weeks notice of their intentions. Work may only be undertaken either when permission has been given or the six weeks has expired.
If the tree is dead, or dangerous you do not require permission from the Council to have works carried out, but you should consult us before undertaking the work. You should give us at least five working days notice, in writing, of your intention to carryout such work.
For cutting down or destroying a tree, a fine of up to £20,000 can be imposed – and the landowner is also required to replace the tree that was removed. For less serious offences, the penalty is a fine of up to £2,500.
For further advice please contact the Trees and Landscape team.