How trees are protected

We have statutory powers to protect trees that are of special amenity value. Several changes have been made to the legislation and the latest Regulations came into force on 6 April 2012.

Tree work on protected trees

Anyone wishing to do work on trees that are protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), or are located within a Conservation Area, must obtain the appropriate consent. Sometimes a planning condition will also protect trees as part of a landscaping scheme and permission may be required from us before any work is carried out. There are some exceptions from this requirement to obtain permission or notify us, but if there is any uncertainty, it is best to seek advice from our Arboriculturist, or a professional adviser. The penalties for carrying out, or allowing unauthorised tree work, can be severe.

We also look after protected trees that are outside the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

See overgrown trees and hedges for guidance and advice if they are causing a problem.

Contact the Arboriculturist for advice on protected trees within Eden District outside of the National Parks.

Protecting trees in the National Parks

If you live within the boundary of one of the National Parks, please direct any enquiries about trees to the arboricultural officers at:

Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss,Oxenholme Road, Kendal Cumbria LA9 7RL
Telephone: 01539 724555

See trees and hedgerows on the Lake District National Park Authority website.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Trees and Woodland Team, Colvend, Grassington, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5LB
Telephone: 0300 456 0030

See trees and woodland on Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority website.

Trees on our land

Contact our Contracts Team on the details below they are responsible for looking after trees in parks and public open spaces. They carry out tree maintenance work and management and undertake an annual programme of tree planting.

See trees in Council ownership for more details.

Report hazardous or fallen trees in parks and public open spaces.

Last updated: Wednesday, 20 April, 2022.