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Trees & Hedges: TPOs and Conservation Areas

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2. Trees in conservation areas

All trees in conservation areas are protected if they have a stem diameter of 7.5cm and measures 1.5m above ground. It is illegal to cut down, top, lop, uproot, damage or destroy a tree within a conservation area unless 6 weeks’ notice has been given. This notice period allows the Council time to decide if the tree should be protected by a TPO.

While a conservation area notification can be submitted to the Council in any format it may be easier to complete a formal application form.