Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a tree preservation order?


A tree preservation order protects trees that make an impact on their local surroundings. This is important when trees are in immediate danger.




I would like to have my tree/s cut down or reduced but I live in a conservation area and the trees may be protected by tree preservation orders, what do I need to do?


The first step is to contact your local council’s planning department and ask to speak to their tree officer. We are very happy to do this on your behalf and complete the application process for you. PLEASE NOTE: It is very important that enquiries are made as to the legal status of the tree/s before any work is undertaken – failure to do so can lead to criminal prosecution




What is a conservation area?


A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance trees within conservation areas are given special protection because of the contribution they make to an area and unauthorised felling or lopping of trees carries the same penalties as trees protected by a tree preservation order. You will need to apply for consent to carry out works to a tree located in a conservation area.




My neighbour’s tree hangs over my boundary. What can I do?


Your common law rights allow you to remove any of your neighbours' branches that cross your boundary without the need to seek your neighbours' permission, although you may wish to notify your neighbour of your intentions. You should not cross the boundary or dispose of the branches or other material from the tree into your neighbours' property, but first ask if they wish to have the material returned to them. If they do not want it, it will be your responsibility to arrange disposal.

If the tree is protected by a tree preservation order or is located within a conservation area you will need to seek permission before undertaking work to living parts of the tree.




I am worried that a tree in my garden is dangerous – what should I do?


If you are at all worried about the health and safety of your trees, particularly in preparation for adverse weather conditions, we can conduct a free inspection for you and undertake a risk assessment to ascertain what tree work is required.



Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions as we are always happy to help.