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Tree Preservation

Tree Preservation Orders protect trees and woodlands in the interest of amenity.  The effect of a Tree Preservation Order is to make it an offense to wilfully damage or destroy, fell, top, lop, prune, uproot or cut down the tree(s) covered, unless the consent of the Council has been gained.  The Council has legal powers, which it may use to prosecute offenders.

A person who intends to carry out works to a protected tree is required to submit an application in writing, for consent under the Tree Preservation Order on a form published by the Secretary of State.  Applicants are encouraged to seek the advice of an arboriculturalist, prior to submitting their application.  Applications can be submitted on the form below or electronically via (external link)

In order to protect trees in the interest of amenity, especially when they are considered to be at risk, the Council has the power to make a Tree Preservation Order.  An order can specify a single tree, groups of trees, and woodlands.

Trees are assessed on their contribution to the amenity and the locality using the Tree Preservation Order Assessment Form. 

The assessment considers the following:

The visibility of the trees from public places, the surroundings, and its suitability to the site, and presence of other trees as well as the trees function / contribution in the landscape.
The condition and future life expectancy of the tree(s).  Future growth and development.
The potential threat / risk to the tree(s) and whether it is expedient to make a Tree Preservation Order.

Trees in Conservation Areas

Anyone wishing to carry out works to trees within a Conservation Area must give the Council six weeks written notice.  This must include a description of the proposed works and a sketch location plan.


It is possible to appeal against decisions made by the Council by writing / emailing:

The Planning Inspectorate
The Environment Team
Room 4/04 Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square

Or email:

Checking if Your Tree is Protected

Contact the Council, enclosing the details of the property, the trees you are enquiring about and a sketch plan showing the location of the trees, to the address shown below: 

Landscape Development
Newcastle Borough Council
Civic Offices
Merrial Street


Fax: 01782 742642

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