Trees and hedges

Trees and hedges

Carrying out work on trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order is a criminal offence if you don't have permission.

We have a dedicated team of experts who look after arboriculture, trees, hedges and related landscape issues across our district.

Trees and Development

Protecting Trees - Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Orders

We process applications for work on protected trees in conservation areas and trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order. Carrying out work on these type of trees without permission is a criminal offence.

We also make new Tree Preservation Orders and check planning applications to assess the impact of proposed development upon trees.

Hedgerows and high hedges

We consider applications to remove hedgerow under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997. We also advise our enforcement service on high hedge applications.
To find out more or to make a high hedge complaint, visit our high hedges web page.

Helping Tree Wardens

The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative founded by the Tree Council, which we co-ordinate locally. Tree Wardens are volunteers, usually appointed by Parish Councils. They gather information about local trees and coordinate practical projects in their community.

Find out more on how to become a tree warden here.


Communities can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for tree or hedgerow projects through our **Community Chest Grants** Scheme. Our experts are happy to give advice to any group before they submit a grant application.

Services provided by others

Projects and groups

Important organisations

If you are planning to remove hedgerow or carry out work on trees - and are not sure if your tree is covered by a Tree Protection Order - please get in touch using the below contact details box before any work is carried out.

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