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Trees in conservation areas (TCAs)

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historical interest.  It is important to preserve and enhance the special character of such areas.  All trees in conservation areas are protected from unnecessary felling or lopping by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.

If a tree in a conservation area is also protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), the usual TPO protection applies.  If a tree is not protected by a TPO but is in a conservation area, you must apply to carry out works giving us at least six weeks written notice before any work starts.  This applies to all trees in a conservation area unless they measure less than 7.5cm in diameter, measured at 1.5m from ground level.  In the case of trees that have more than one stem, if any stem meets the above criteria.