Trees on private property

Guide for managing trees on private property.

Trees in Conservation Areas

Conservation areas are places of architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which is desirable to preserve or enhance. Within a conservation area, the council has extra controls over a number of factors including the protection of trees.

In certain situations, a TPO may be placed on a tree within a conservation area to prevent works being carried out.

Anyone proposing to cut down or carry out work to a tree in a conservation area is required to give us six weeks' prior notice.

It is an offence to prune, fell or damage a tree in a conservation area without giving notice.

For consent to carry out work to trees within a conservation area, you should apply online or download an application form.

Apply for consent to carry out works in a conservation area

There is no fee involved for applications to carry out work on trees.

There are a number of exemptions where you are not required to give six weeks' prior notice to the council. For more information on these exemptions, refer to our questions on TPOs section.

You can check if a tree is within a conservation area by using the maps in our conservation area guide.

Read our conservation area guide

For further information on carrying out works on trees, please see the government's tree preservation guidance.