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Doing work to trees on private property

​If you plan to do work on a tree on private land, check to see if you need our permission.

Check to see if you need our permission to do work on a tree on private land.

Tree preservation orders

  • If a tree is subject to a tree preservation order, you must get permission before doing any work that might affect the tree.

  • If you apply for permission, we will let you know our decision within eight weeks.

Trees in conservation areas

  • If the tree is in a conservation area, you may need to apply for permission to work on it.
  • How to check if a tree is protected
  • When you submit your tree notice, we aim to give our decision within six weeks from validation date.

Planting new trees

If you're cutting down a tree, we suggest you consider planting a replacement tree. 

Which trees need a planning application

If you are in a conservation area you need to apply at least six weeks in advance if you want to work on trees where one of the following applies:

  • Standalone trees: the stem diameter (measured from 1.5 metres above the ground) is more than 7.5 centimetres
  • A tree in a group: the stem diameter (measured from 1.5 metres above the ground) is more than 10 centimetres

During the six-week period we:

  • can protect trees of value and may make a tree preservation order
  • may issue a letter of no objection
  • may allow the notification period to lapse - after this you can carry out the works you gave notice for, but no more.

We aim to give our decision within six weeks.

How to prevent introducing and spreading harmful organisms

 You should source plants responsibly from a domestic nursery. To make sure your tree is healthy and not infected by foreign pests or disease, you should buy a tree that is either:

  • UK-grown

  • imported and quarantined for a minimum of one year in the UK before sale.

Find out about pests and diseases that affect trees.

Learn more about preventing the spread of harmful organisms (biosecurity).