Many areas of public natural interest are protected by legislation. Individual trees may be protected by a tree preservation order (TPO). This means that no work may be carried out on these trees without submitting an application to the relevant local planning authority (LPA) to gain direct permission for detailed works. This process takes on average 4-6 weeks.
Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historical interest; the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Other buildings and landscape features, including trees, may also contribute to the special character of a conservation area. Anyone proposing to cut down or carry out work on a tree in a conservation area is required to give the LPA six weeks’ prior notice (a ‘section 211 notice’). The purpose of this requirement is to give the LPA an opportunity to consider whether a TPO should be made in respect of the tree. We check with the relevant local authority prior to every job being carried out and where necessary will handle all applications on your behalf.