Trees in conservation areas

The presence of trees is important to the character of a conservation area.

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historical interest. It is important to preserve and enhance the special character of such areas. Trees are an essential element in the distinctive character of these areas and because of this there are general safeguards within conservation areas.

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If you wish to prune or cut down trees in a conservation area you must give the council six weeks' notice in writing (this is called a Section 211 notification). However you do not need permission if you want to cut down or work on an unprotected tree within a conservation area that has a trunk diameter of less than 7.5 centimetres (measured at 1.5 metres above the ground) or 10 centimetres if thinning to help the growth of other trees.

If you want to carry out works to trees in a conservation area you can apply via the Planning Portal or Applying to carry out work to a protected tree

Please note that when submitting applications for works to trees you must include photographs of the tree(s) that are the subject of the application.


Additional information

Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas on GOV.UK

The Town and Country Planning (Trees) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008