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Trees and hedge protection

Some trees are protected by tree preservation orders, or because they are growing within a conservation area, and you will need our consent before you can carry out most sorts of work to these trees. We also have powers to intervene where a neighbour's high hedge is causing you problems. This page provides more detail on these issues.

Tree preservation orders

What is a tree preservation order?
We make tree preservation orders (TPOs) to protect trees which make a major and positive contribution to their surroundings. Any type of tree can be subject to a TPO including hedgerow trees, but not hedges, bushes or shrubs. It is an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or destroy a tree that is protected by a TPO, without prior permission from the council.

How do I find out if a tree is subject to a tree preservation order?
Details of all tree preservation orders are held by the planning department. Please contact us for specific details about tree preservation orders and enquiries - tel. 01205 314364, e-mail planning@boston.gov.uk

How do I make an application to carry out works on a tree which is subject to a tree preservation order?
If you need to make an application, you can view the application form below. We will also need three copies of an Ordnance Survey based A4 size site location plan at 1:2500 or 1:1250 scale identifying where the tree is.

Trees in conservation areas

Are trees in conservation areas protected?
Where a tree is not protected by a tree preservation order but is within a conservation area, six weeks notice is required in writing if the owner wishes to carry out any works on the tree.  This gives us the opportunity to consider whether a tree preservation order should be made to protect the tree.

How do I give the council the required six weeks notice when wanting to carry out works to a tree in a conservation area?

If you need to give us notice, you can view the application form below. We will also need three copies of an Ordnance Survey based A4 size site location plan at 1:2500 or 1:1250 scale identifying where the tree is.

High Hedges

If you are troubled by a neighbour's hedge, the best way to deal with the issue is to talk to them about it. The leaflet 'Over the garden hedge' gives some advice on how to go about this, and can be viewed below. However, if you cannot agree a solution with your neighbour you can, as a last resort, involve us. The leaflet 'High hedges: complaining to the Council' tells you how to go about this, and can be viewed below.

If you decide that there is no other option than to ask us to resolve the problem, you will need to fill in a complaint form - you can view a copy of the complaint form and guidance notes below. You will need to pay us to consider your complaint, and the current fee is £500.00.

If you would like some advice on high hedges, please either telephone 01205 314364 or e-mail planning@boston.gov.uk.

Related documents

Size Name
[1Mb] Over the garden hedge Over the garden hedge
[394kb] High hedges: complaining to the Council High hedges: complaining to the Council
[48kb] High hedge complaint form High hedge complaint form
[25kb] High hedge complaint - guidance notes High hedge complaint - guidance notes
[240kb] Tree works application form Tree works application form

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.