Trees in conservation areas

Conservation area legislation includes legal protection of all trees with a trunk/stem diameter greater than 75mm, when measured at 1.5m above ground level.

However, you are still legally required to provide six weeks 'Notice of Intent' to the Local Planning Authority. See the Trees in Conservation Area Guidance prior to making an application.

How do I find out if I am in a conservation area?

A conservation area is defined as an area of special architectural or historical interest, whose character or appearance it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Trees can complement and enhance a conservation area and so they are provided a level of legal protection. See whether your property is within a conservation area on My Nearest.

What if a tree also has a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)?

If a tree located in a conservation area is already subject to a TPO, the TPO takes precedence and you must submit an application form to obtain permission to undertake any works.

To find out whether your tree is subject to a TPO contact our Arboricultural Officer on 01295 221708 (South) or on 01295 221804 (North), or email