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. 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. If you live within the boundary of one of the National Parks, please direct your queries to the arboricultural officers at their headquarters:

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

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

For advice on protected trees outside the Lake District National Park within Eden District:

  • Contact: the Arboriculturist (Thursday and Friday only)
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212159
  • Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG

We are responsible for looking after trees in parks and public open spaces. We also respond to reports of hazardous or fallen trees in parks and public open spaces and undertake an annual programme of tree planting.

Our Contracts Team are responsible for this tree maintenance work and the management of trees in Council ownership, see below for contact details. Also see Overgrown Trees and Hedges.

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