How does being in a conservation area affect works to trees?

An important element in the character or appearance of conservation areas is the trees, gardens and other open spaces within them. Careless works to trees, such as cutting down, pruning, uprooting or wilful damage or destruction of any tree may not only lead to the loss of the trees themselves, but may also ruin the appearance of the surrounding conservation area.

All trees with a trunk diameter of 75 millimetres measured at 1.5 metres above ground level within conservation areas are protected under Section 211 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. If you want to carry out works to a tree you must notify the council's trees officer six weeks before the work is due to take place.

There are exemptions from the general protection given to such trees in a conservation area, namely trees that are dead, dying or have become dangerous.

In addition, many trees in conservation areas will be the subject of Tree Preservation Orders, in which case a formal application would be necessary before any works can begin.

It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to carry out works to such trees within a conservation area without giving prior notice to the council.

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