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Protecting trees in the National Park

Trees not only visually enhance towns and villages but also contribute to the reduction of noise and air pollution. They provide a variety of wildlife habitats and help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

As part of our responsibility as a Planning Authority, we have a duty to preserve trees and make provision for new tree planting when approving planning applications.

How are trees protected?

  1. Tree preservation orders (TPOs). TPOs are a statutory tool used to protect trees. They can be used for individual trees, groups of trees, areas or woodlands and can prevent work including the cutting down, topping or lopping of trees unless prior consent has been given. You can find out more information in our Making a Tree Preservation Order document.
  2. Preserving existing trees and providing for new tree planting when deciding planning applications. A planning condition or legal agreement may be used to protect trees on a site during construction and/or post construction. You can find out more information about trees and development sites in our Design and Placemaking Supplementary Guidance.
  3. Planning legislation also protects trees in conservation areas.

How do I find out if a tree is protected?

  • Check Tree Preservation Orders that are in place in the National Park.
  • Check where conservation areas in the National Park are here.
  • Enquire about a possible planning condition in relation to a tree using our Tree Enquiry Form or contacting us via the details to the top of this page.

If you have any concerns or questions about works being carried out, please contact us on 01389 722024 or

How do I apply to carry out tree works?

To make an application for tree works please use the eplanning system.

It is an offence to carry out works to a protected tree without authorisation except where the tree is an immediate health and safety hazard.

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