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Trees in conservation areas

Oak Tree

All trees, regardless of species, are protected by the conservation area status provided the trunk diameter is greater than 75mm when measured at 1.5m above ground level.

A conservation area can be defined as an area of special architectural or historical interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

If you are planning to carry out work to any tree(s) within a conservation area you will need to give your local planning authority six weeks notice of the proposed work.

During the six weeks notice we will:

  • Consider whether the tree is worthy of a tree preservation order
  • Consult the relevant parish council as to whether they have any objection to the proposed work

Contact your district or borough council

Find out more or contact the appropriate officer in your district or borough:


East Dorset

North Dorset


West Dorset

Weymouth and Portland

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