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How Do I Know If My Tree Is Protected?

Tree works cannot be carried out on every tree. Some trees are legally protected due to the amenity value they provide to the local area, and written consent is required to prune or remove these trees. When you purchase a new property, you may also be purchasing a protected tree. If you suspect you may have a protected tree on your property or live in a Conservation Area, it’s important to find out for certain whether consent is required to undertake pruning work or tree removal. Failing to do so could see you face prosecution.

In this article, we explain how you can find out whether your tree is protected.

What is a protected tree?

Some trees are protected with a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or fall under Conservation Area protection. A Tree Preservation Order is a written order which states that it is a criminal offence to to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a protected tree without the permission of the relevant authorities.

If you are found guilty of breaching a Tree Preservation Order, you may be taken to the Crown Court to receive an unlimited fine.

> Read more in our ‘What are Tree Preservation Orders’ article.

How can I find out if my tree is protected?

You must find out whether your tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order before starting any work on it. There are a few ways to find out.

  • Local authority maps

Your local authority may have a map available to view trees that are currently under Tree Preservation Orders or are in a Conservation Area. If you are unable to find this map, simply contact your local authority and they should be able to inform you further.

  • Government maps

Government maps will detail national sites protected by particular preservation laws. These include Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), protected under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

  • Inventories for ancient wood and ancient trees

Many older trees have a degree of protection through planning policy. You can check which of these trees are protected by checking the Ancient Woodland Inventory (AWI) and Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI). The AWI shows all of the areas of ancient woodland currently designated by the statutory nature conservation bodies. The ATI shows important ancient trees that are protected for their historic significance.

  • Conservation Area

If you live in a Conservation Area you must notify your Local Planning Authority with details of works you wish to carry out on any tree. The LPA then has 6 weeks to put a Tree Preservation Order on that tree/s or give you permission to carry out the work.

How do I obtain permission to work on a protected tree?

If you are in possession of a protected tree and wish to alter it in some way, you must apply for a permit. You must make a ‘works to trees’ application to your local authority and they will decide whether to grant you authority to work on the tree. 

 

Artemis Tree Services are experienced, award-winning contractors working throughout North London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We offer a free site visit and survey to assess your tree and offer help and advice regarding the type of work that can and should be carried out on your tree. As experts, we’re always happy to answer any queries you might have about the trees on your property.

Book a free site survey today or contact our team.

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Caroline Bossowska

Friendly and polite service provided. Professional attention to tree shaping greatly appreciated. Thorough and considerate. Would highly recommend.... Friendly and polite service provided. Professional attention to tree shaping greatly appreciated. Thorough and considerate. Would highly recommend.

2 days ago

David "F"

Excelent service from start to finish.We had 23 conifer hedge trees removed and stumps ground out.It took a day & a half to complete by a team of 4,who were very professional and friendly. As we h... Excelent service from start to finish.We had 23 conifer hedge trees removed and stumps ground out.It took a day & a half to complete by a team of 4,who were very professional and friendly. As we have no side access they carried everything through the kitchen and hallway, without any damage whatsoever. I would not hesitate to recommend or use Artemis again.

2 days ago

Jeffrey Gibbins

To portray the location of this multitrunked conifer tree, it had been planted as an ornament in a rockery yet over the years it had grown to a very large ten trunk tree. It was situated sandwiched ti... To portray the location of this multitrunked conifer tree, it had been planted as an ornament in a rockery yet over the years it had grown to a very large ten trunk tree. It was situated sandwiched tightly between my garage that has a fragile and easily breakable roof, a summerhouse having a flimsy timber roof and the garden timber fence, both also easily damaged. The tree felling gang of two men very carefully cut down the tree trunk by trunk and lowered the cut lengths to ground level without any damage whatsoever to the surrounding obstacles. All the tradesmen who carried out two operations, were very pleasant to deal with and I have nothing but praise for the couple of teams Artemis sent to fell the large conifer and secondly to grind out the trunk to ground level, the guys were all very polite and professional, they were a pleasure to work with as I just made the tea and drinks and provide some beverages for them. I am more than pleased with the work they carefully carried out in my garden, thank you. Many thanks for all of Artemis Tree Services help, I shall have no hesitation to recommend your company for tree work as I may be asked in the future.

5 days ago

Anonymous

This is the second time we have used Artemis and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough. The three guys who came to our house were brilliant. Professional, friendly and most importantly did a ... This is the second time we have used Artemis and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough. The three guys who came to our house were brilliant. Professional, friendly and most importantly did a fantastic job. The price was realistic and value for the amount of work required….. Five star everything - thank you.

6 days ago

PaulH

This is the second time we've instructed Artemis Tree Services to work at our house. Their administration and attention to detail is excellent and their team on the day were very professional. W... This is the second time we've instructed Artemis Tree Services to work at our house. Their administration and attention to detail is excellent and their team on the day were very professional. Will definitely use them again.

1 week ago

Geeta Jethwa

We were very happy with Artemis . The job involved trimming of Leylandiii trees in the rear garden. We obtained a good quote for the work.Artemis attended prompty and work was done to our satisfacti... We were very happy with Artemis . The job involved trimming of Leylandiii trees in the rear garden. We obtained a good quote for the work.Artemis attended prompty and work was done to our satisfaction.Only issue was one of protecting our carpets, a wider covering would have been more Appropriate. We would recommend this company.

2 weeks ago

Anonymous

We've used Artemis before as was v happy with their service. Again, this 2nd job excellent service. Polite workers did the job in a clean and professional manner. Very happy thank you Artemis!... We've used Artemis before as was v happy with their service. Again, this 2nd job excellent service. Polite workers did the job in a clean and professional manner. Very happy thank you Artemis!

2 weeks ago

Anonymous

Excellent service friendly staff and very good work. Highly recommend...

3 weeks ago

Roger Jones

Excellent service from Artemis from the initial contact to the completion of the work, The two people who actual did the tree work were both excellent. They were extremely professional, courteous and ... Excellent service from Artemis from the initial contact to the completion of the work, The two people who actual did the tree work were both excellent. They were extremely professional, courteous and helpful, They did an outstanding job and left the site very clean and tidy. Would unreservedly recommend this company.

3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Excellent organisation, service and execution of the work. Friendly staff too - who left it all clean and tidy!...

3 weeks ago

Donald Mercado

Artemis we’re very good & professional at their job so pleased I had the job done Many thanks...

3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Brilliant service from guys who know their stuff. Everything cleaned up following a lot of hedge and tree crowning. Highly recommend this company....

1 month ago

Anonymous

We have used Artemis on a number of occasions and always found their service to be quick, friendly and efficient. All staff we have encountered from those in the administration office to those who ca... We have used Artemis on a number of occasions and always found their service to be quick, friendly and efficient. All staff we have encountered from those in the administration office to those who came to carry out the work have been professional and competent and we've never had any issue with any aspect of their service. Excellent company.

1 month ago

Anthony

A very efficient, courteous and accomodating couple of workers. We were pleased with the result...

1 month ago

Ann Nelmes

Did a great job and the tree looks so much better. nice polite workers. protected the neighbours shed well whilst working. a little greenery left behind which I needed to clear. before and after ph... Did a great job and the tree looks so much better. nice polite workers. protected the neighbours shed well whilst working. a little greenery left behind which I needed to clear. before and after photo attached.

1 month ago

Anonymous

Very good company. I had two dead cherry trees to take down. Clear well specified quotation, good communication with helpful office. Work done to a good quality by pleasant and well trained guys. W... Very good company. I had two dead cherry trees to take down. Clear well specified quotation, good communication with helpful office. Work done to a good quality by pleasant and well trained guys. Will use Artemis next time.

1 month ago

Annabel Radville

Phoned to say they would be early, did everything we wanted professionally, cleared everything away leaving the garden neat and tidy and were extremely pleasant and polite lads who knew what they were... Phoned to say they would be early, did everything we wanted professionally, cleared everything away leaving the garden neat and tidy and were extremely pleasant and polite lads who knew what they were talking about. Worth the money. We've used Artemis before and will use you again. Have recommended Artemis to others.

1 month ago

Neil - Chalfont St Giles

Excellent service in every respect, from first contact to payment of the invoice. We are delighted with the crown reduction on our cherry tree and will definitely use Artemis for any future tree work.... Excellent service in every respect, from first contact to payment of the invoice. We are delighted with the crown reduction on our cherry tree and will definitely use Artemis for any future tree work. Highly recommended.

2 months ago

Rob

Professional from to from start with constant communication and fast and friendly team who undertook the work leaving the garden spotless of any debris... Professional from to from start with constant communication and fast and friendly team who undertook the work leaving the garden spotless of any debris

2 months ago

Alan

We were very impressed not only with the overall experience of dealing with our request, but also with the two man crew who attended. They were both very courteous, worked hard and efficiently. They ... We were very impressed not only with the overall experience of dealing with our request, but also with the two man crew who attended. They were both very courteous, worked hard and efficiently. They also cleared everything away afterwards. We are very pleased with the result.

2 months ago

Anonymous

Fantastic friendly and professional team. Excellent value. High recommend....

2 months ago