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Guidance on Trees, Hedges and Woodlands

Last modified: 29 November 2016
  • Hedgerow Regulations

    Countryside hedges are protected by the Hedgerow Regulations 1997, which are quite complex when applied to individual hedgerows

  • Trees and Hedgerows

    Trees make a valuable contribution to the natural and built environment.

  • Tree Preservation Orders

    A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an Order made by the Council, giving legal protection to trees or woodland.

  • Trees in Conservation Area

    All trees in Conservation Areas are protected from unnecessary felling or lopping by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 and you must give six weeks notice in writing to the Council's Development Control Department.

  • Trees on Development Sites

    Trees on development sites may be protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and/or by conditions attached to a planning permission. It is important that such trees are properly protected during construction.

  • High Hedges

    It is estimated that thousands of people are adversely affected by high hedges, but if the owner of the hedge is unwilling to co-operate there is little the person affected can presently do.