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Trees and hedgerows in Purbeck

Enquire about a tree

If you have a query about a Tree Preservation Order, a tree in a park or public space, a tree on a pavement or verge, or just wish to discuss a tree in Dorset, complete our online enquiry form.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and trees in conservation areas

You must submit a tree works application to Purbeck District Council (PDC) before carrying out any work to trees protected by  TPOs. You will also need to submit an application giving the council 6 weeks notice of any proposed tree work in a conservation area. You can use the  tree works application form or apply online through  Planning Portal. You may want to refer to the tree works application guidance notes.

To check whether a tree is covered by a TPO or is within a conservation area, either: 

  • contact the Arboricultural Officer
  • use our  online form

Tree Officer for Purbeck

Name: James Bennett
Email: trees@purbeck-dc.gov.uk
Tel: 01929 557344
Full details for Tree Officer for Purbeck

Details of tree works applications submitted to PDC are available to view through the council's  planning application search facility.

Tree protection privacy statement

Purbeck District Council takes your privacy seriously and will only keep and use your personal information for reasons law requires or allows. The council is the data controller for the personal information it holds about you in relation to trees and we will use this personal information to be able to process tree works applications and administer TPOs. The privacy statement for Tree Protection will tell you how we intend to use your data, why we have it and how long we will keep it for.

You have certain rights with regard to your personal information, however not all of these rights will be available to you in all situations, particularly where the processing of your information is necessary for the council to carry out its duties and powers.  Purbeck District Council's full privacy notice gives further information about your rights.

To contact the council about data protection matters, copies of the full privacy notice or how to make a complaint about how your personal information has been handled by the council, please contact the Data Protection Officer.

Trees on development sites

Existing trees, hedgerows and mature shrubs give valuable maturity and impact to planting within development sites. Where these are to be retained and incorporated within the site, careful planning and management will be required in order to minimise disturbance, particularly to root systems.

The council will require information to show how the retained trees will be protected during works on site. As a minimum, you will need to provide a plan indicating with accuracy each tree's position, its canopy spread and the proposed position of protective fencing. The tree's ability to withstand disturbance depends on a number of different factors including the age and species involved, therefore, you should seek the advice of a qualified arboricultural consultant at or before the site planning stage.

Find out more about  development guidelines.

Hedgerow regulations

Many countryside  hedgerows are protected by the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. Under the Regulations, it is unlawful to remove or destroy certain hedgerows without the written permission of the council.

Complete the  hedgerow removal notice application form and  guidance notes.

Council owned trees

Purbeck District Council manages and maintains over 2,000 trees across the district. These trees are located in a wide variety of areas including Upton Wood, open spaces, cemeteries and car parks. It is our policy to retain and manage established trees unless there are good arboricultural, environmental or risk-related reasons not to do so.

Privately owned trees

Privately owned trees throughout the district are the responsibility of the tree owner and any issues or concerns relating to these trees should be directed to the owner. If you have a tree related civil dispute, then we advise that you contact a solicitor. The council is unable to get involved in disputes between neighbours over trees.

Ash dieback disease

For more information use the our  ash dieback guidance document or visit the  ash dieback disease page.

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