Tree Protection Policy

Trees may be subject to Tree Preservation Order (TPO). A TPO makes provision for the preservation of a tree or trees, as individuals, groups, or a woodland in the interest of amenity or the environment – particularly when they are threatened. TPO legislation specifically prohibits the cutting down, uprooting, lopping, topping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of protected trees. Works to TPO trees requires an application rather than a notification, and the period for processing is 8 weeks. The local planning authority can impose conditions or grant consent unconditionally. Once consent has been granted the applicant has a period of 2 years in which to carry out the work.

Trees may be subject to protection if they lie within a Conservation Area (CA) to enable the preservation or enhancement of the character or appearance, of areas of special architectural or historic interest, to which trees may be a contributory factor. The work requires notification rather than application and the period for processing is 6 weeks. The LPA cannot refuse consent or grant consent with conditions. After 6 weeks has elapsed, if a TPO has not been served, the work can be carried out within a period of 2 years; as mentioned in paragraph 3.19, this site is situated within a conservation area.

Prior to instruction of any works consideration should be given for protected wildlife, which may involve inspection and written records or reports, to prevent damage to wildlife and ensure compliance with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and to protect species such as Bats that are protected under The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The main bird nesting season is between March and August inclusive. Current legislation relating to breeding birds confirms that birds, as well as their nests and eggs are protected.

Requirements for a felling license under the Forestry Act (1967) may apply to this site depending on the designation of the land where the trees are located. The Forestry Act is there to control/restrict/regulate the cutting down of trees; principally to prevent the wholesale destruction of privately owned woodland for commercial gain. The Forestry Commission guidance document, ‘Tree felling: getting permission’, tells you if you’ll need to get permission to fell trees.

Our company is committed to supporting this legislation and checks are carried out routinely in order to ensure we do not carry out any works in breach of these items of legislation.

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