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Protected Trees - Suspected Infections with Ash Dieback

The main sign of infection with Ash Dieback is the density of foliage within a tree's crown.

As trees lose their leaves in autumn, it can be more difficult to tell whether the loss of density is due to Ash Dieback or autumn leaf loss. This can delay your application significantly.

Please send images of the tree in leaf wherever possible - ideally taken during the summer. This will allow us to deal with your application more quickly, and increases the likelihood of your application being approved without the need for a site visit.

Protected Trees

The Council has a duty to protect trees that have significant public amenity value. There are five types of tree protection.

Tree Preservation Orders

Trees, Copses and Woodlands of significant public amenity value can be protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) served and enforced by the Council.

Trees in Conservation Areas

Information about the protection of trees in Conservation Areas.

Apply to work on a Protected Tree

If you need to carry out works to a protected tree, you can apply online here.

Tree Maintenance

Information about who is responsible for maintaining trees around the area.

Tree Works Applications - Guidance for Agents and Applicants

If you are submitting an application to work on a protected tree, or a tree in a Conservation Area, please read these notes first.

Trees on Development Sites

There is a clear and well established process for protecting trees in relation to new development.

Request a TPO

If there is tree that you believe should be protected, please submit a TPO Request using this form.

Report Unauthorised Tree Works

If you have witnessed unauthorised works to a protected tree, please report it to Planning Enforcement.

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