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Trees and Hedges

Trees in a Conservation area

All trees within a conservation area that have a trunk diameter of 75mm (approximately 3 inches) or more are protected. 

Unauthorised work to a tree protected by a TPO or a tree in a conservation area is a criminal offence.

How do I apply to carry out works to a tree within a conservation area?

If you want to carry out work to protected trees within a conservation area you must give us at least six weeks' written notice of the work you propose to do.

In certain situations, we may place a TPO on a tree to stop work being done.

The Tree Work Guidance Notes and Checklist will help you to complete your application

To notify us submit a Tree Works Application online via the Planning Portal.

If you would rather submit your application by post, please download and complete the "Tree Works: Trees in Conservation area/ subject to TPOs" application form and send it to:

Planning Services, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ.

Government guidance on Tree Tree Preservation Orders and Trees in Conservation Areas

What happens if I do the work without permission?

If you prune a tree without consent you may be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500. If you destroy a tree without consent you may be fined up to £20,000.