Other protection

Other protection of trees

In addition to Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas there are various other factors which may constrain work to trees. These include:

  • Felling, other than in a residential garden, which involves more than 5m³ of timber, or more than 2m³ if sold, may require a felling licence from the Forestry Commission
  • Many wildlife habitats are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act. These include bats’ roosts and the nests of wild birds. If a tree contains a protected habitat work may have to be delayed or may require a licence from English Nature.
  • Trees may sometimes be protected by virtue of conditions attached to planning permission
  • Occasionally, restrictive covenants attached to the deeds for a property may restrict what work can be undertaken to trees.