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Trees and hedgerows - Purbeck

This page provides information relating to the management and protection of trees and hedgerows in Purbeck.

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Tree Preservation Orders and trees in Conservation Areas

You must submit a tree works application to Purbeck District Council prior to carrying out any work to trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).

You will also need to submit a tree works application giving the Council six weeks notice of any proposed tree work in a conservation area.

If you need to check whether a tree is covered by a TPO or is within a conservation area, please contact the Arboricultural Officer. Or use our online form..

You can download the  tree works application form (pdf, 965kb) (opens in a new window) and guidance notes (pdf, 184kb) (opens in a new window), or apply online through the Planning Portal website (opens in a new window).

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

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.

Read more about development guidelines.

Hedgerow regulations

Many countryside hedgerows are deemed to be important and 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.

Download the  hedgerow removal notice application form (pdf, 999kb) (opens in a new window) and guidance notes (pdf, 52kb) (opens in a new window).

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

We have produced an advice note on Ash Dieback (Chalara fraxinea) (pdf, 223kb) (opens in a new window).

Further advice can be found on our Ash dieback disease page.

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