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RE: Area TPOs and Hedges

Subject: RE: Area TPOs and Hedges
From: Jon Heuch
Date: Mar 01 2019 12:24:37
the hedge still included tree species present at the time the Order 

was made. Making an application is not a burden and those trees may well

grown up to make a notable visual contribution to the character and 

appearance of an area. I for one refuse to include species such as Laurel, 

Hazel and even Elder and Magnolia ... I draw the line at shrubs:


..this shows up one of my bugbears.


Most people will understand that a tree squirrel or tree frog are not trees.
Similarly a tree species is not a is a species that forms trees. A
tree fern differs from a palm tree. Think about tree palms and fern trees if
you want to play some semantic games.


So TPOs protect trees not tree species. Laurel & magnolia obviously come in
a variety of shapes and forms but both can form decent trees so I see no
reason why, in some cases TPOs cannot cover them. I have seen a few native
hazels that are trees but 99% not. Irish yew is quite close to my borderline
if you want to split species into trees and shrubs. I know we have the case
involving woodland "trees" but that is a fight for the future.


A tree work application is not a burden?...well it's 8 weeks of time and in
a busy life with all sorts of things to coordinate, perhaps, it can be
immensely burdensome, especially if a bird comes and nests in the tree in
the intervening period or should I say hedge! Either the tree is
protected..or it's not. This protection should be transparent either by
being mapped or in terms of definition (i.e. everything above a certain
size). If we are forced to make an application to see whether an official
considers a plant is protected or not, is just signs of a very poor system. 




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