The law requires that anyone proposing to cut down or carry out any work on any tree, with a stem diameter of more than 75 mm, when measured at 1.5 metres height above ground level, in a conservation area must give the council six weeks notice of their intentions. Work may only be undertaken either when permission has been given or the six weeks has expired. The Landowner & Company can face unlimited penalties for disregarding this law.
TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS
A TPO is made by a Local Planning Authority (usually a local council) to protect specific trees or a particular area, group or woodland from deliberate damage and destruction. TPOs can prevent the felling, lopping, topping, uprooting or otherwise wilful damaging of trees without the permission of the Local Planning Authority, although different TPOs have different degrees of protection.
DEAD PROTECTED TREES
If a protected tree is dead or a has become a serious safety risk to the public, then your local planning authority can on special circumstances grant exemption orders. This means that they can grant permission for works to begin much sooner, providing they have been informed of the intended works at least 5 days before works are to commence. This is so that the local tree officer can make a site visit to inspect the tree and agree that the work is urgently required. They will then provide us with an exemption in writing. This will usually also include some conditions such as a replacement tree being required, species of the new tree and placement.
Dickinson Tree Company can liaise with the local planning authority and manage all applications for tree work on your behalf.
*Side note – Dickinson Tree Company have recently re-branded from our former name Eden Tree Services. Still owned & run by Reece Dickinson and based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.