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Trees and hedgerows in Weymouth and Portland

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 conservation areas

Trees make a valuable contribution to both the urban and rural landscapes as well as being an important habitat for wild life and contributing to local amenity. Trees also help to counteract the effects of global warming. Large trees are particularly import providing important local landmarks.

The planning department is responsible for management of:

  • TPOs 
  • processing applications to carry out work on TPO trees and trees within conservation areas
  • making site visits
  • giving advice
  • encouraging the retention of established trees
  • promoting new planting
  • protecting and enhancing the local landscape

There is no charge to the public for these services, nor for planning applications relating to trees.

The planning department is also responsible for high hedge enquiries under part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has published a landscape and development guide as supplementary planning guidance and developers are encouraged to follow the advice that it contains when preparing planning applications.

Tree work notifications can be viewed on the tree work application search.

Make an application to carry out work to a tree

Apply and make payment online if you want permission to carry out work to trees within a conservation area or that has a TPO.

Hedgerows

Countryside hedgerows are also protected, and anyone looking to remove a section of hedge needs to serve 6 weeks written notice to the council. 

Apply and make payment online to get permission to remove a hedge.

High hedge complaints

You can complain to the council about a high hedge, provided you have exhausted all other means of resolving the dispute. Please be aware that there is a fee for this process.

Complete our complaints form and email or post back to us.

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