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Re: TPO query? - woodland or garden?

Subject: Re: TPO query? - woodland or garden?
From: Bill Anderson
Date: Jan 06 2020 11:37:59
The current guidance says the woodland classification is inappropriate in a
garden as well Bettina. And if you ask me, that's enough reason for
regarding a cack-handedly-served TPO as dubious. The NPPF's obsession with
biodiversity suggests to me that LPAs ought to be a bit more particular
when it comes to defining woodland. It ought to really mean SNAW or at
least "established secondary woodland."  I'd accept PAWS as "woodland" but
I wouldn't accept a derelict field colonised with Goat Willow and Birch as
woodland for a least a century.
Best of luck, and all the best for the new year.
Bill.

On Mon, 6 Jan 2020 at 10:37, Bettina Broadway-Mann <broadwaytrees@xxxxxx.com>
wrote:

Morning all,
Happy New Year to you all.

I have a local case which I would like some thoughts on please.

My client has a very large house in a very large triangular shaped garden.
The driveway, house, parking and lawn cover the bottom two thirds of the
area, with a number of closely spaced groups of trees across the far one
third of the garden.  This area has been left to grow wild for nature for
the last couple of decades.  The property is in suburbia and surrounded by
other houses and streets.

A TPO woodland designation has been served across the entire property,
including the house, drive, parking and lawn areas.

Question 1 -  what definition of woodland is used for the purposes of
serving a woodland designation TPO?  (I know the former blue book says this
classification is unlikely to be appropriate for gardens).

Question 2 - roughly half the trees in the garden are Ash, and Ash Dieback
is rife across this area.  Is it even expedient to TPO the Ash trees as
part of the woodland given the current advice on how to deal with infected
trees?

As always, any thoughts or comments gratefully received.

Many thanks
Bettina



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