It is essential to consider Tree Preservation Orders when planning some work. Searches can be made online or we can undertake these for you if you wish.
It is essential to consider the potential for Tree Preservation Orders when planning any tree works, especially in South-West London, as there are a number of conservation areas and you can be liable for a large fine if you do not get the correct permission. It is easy to check whether your property is in a conservation area or if there are Tree Preservation Orders that may apply. These can be checked, sometimes online, with the relevant local authority. We are more than happy to undertake these searches on your behalf if preferred.
The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 also makes special provision for trees in conservation areas which are not the subject of a TPO. Every conservation area has blanket order covering all trees with a central stem diameter of 7.5cm at 1.5meters from ground level. This does not generally apply to shrubs and hedges.
Getting Permission to Remove a Tree
Anyone proposing to cut down or carry out work on a tree in a conservation area is required to give the Local Planning Authority six weeks’ prior notice (a ‘section 211 notice’). The purpose of this requirement is to give the LPA an opportunity to consider whether a TPO should be made in respect of the tree. Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historical interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. They are designated by LPAs and are often, though not always, centred around listed buildings. Other buildings and landscape features, including trees, may also contribute to the special character of a conservation area. Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit. A 5-day notice may still apply (checking with planning is essential). TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, pruning, crown lifting, reduction and wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without consent
A responsible, professional tree surgeon will never be willing to ignore this legislation. The conservation area application is a notification of works, rather than an application for permission. In congested areas, trees can have a high amenity value for all the people who can see it or could be affected by its removal or pruning/reduction. Councils deem it appropriate that everyone should have an opportunity to have the impact on them considered. Generally the consultation process takes 6 weeks from the date the application is received.
These applications are free of charge and most professional tree surgery companies would not consider charging a customer for completing and managing an application.
The relevant forms can be found at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk and it is possible to send an application through that site.
You may also wish to check if these restrictions apply to your property.
For tree work on properties in Wandsworth, you can visit: https://maps.wandsworth.gov.uk,
For tree work on properties in Lambeth, please visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/trees/trees-on-private-property-guide
For tree work Merton, please visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/environment/planning/trees-2/tpo.htm
For tree work in Kensington and Chelsea please visit: http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/planningandbuildingcontrol/heritageandconservation/trees.aspx
For tree work in Hammersmith and Fulham, please visit: http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Directory/Environment_and_Planning/Planning/Urban_design_and_conservation/Tr
Other questions and answers you may find useful
General Tree Surgery Questions
Do I need permission to have work carried out on my trees?
It is essential to consider Tree Preservation Orders when planning some work. Searches can be made online or we can undertake these for you if you wish….
Why do I need to employ a tree surgeon?
Tree surgery is a highly skilled and potentially very dangerous occupation, not to mention the significant risk of damaging your trees……
How much does tree surgery cost?
We do not have a minimum charge, unlike other tree surgeons, and we do not have an hourly charge, as each tree and site is assessed on an individual basis. Our assurance is that the work will be carried out by our qualified tree surgeons, to your satisfaction, for the cost quoted in advance….
Can trees damage my property?
Trees should be regarded as real assets to our homes, however, occasionally they can cause problems to nearby (about 1.5m) structures. If you are concerned then contact us for professional advice. …
When is the best time of year to have work done to my trees and hedges?
It is recommended that trees are worked on after leaf fall and before bud burst, however is not true for all species and we can give you a written report and recommendation for your specific trees and hedges….
Do mature trees need special care?
Regular maintenance ensures continued health and preventing a problem costs less than curing one once it has developed, whatever the age of the tree….
How can I tell if my tree is hazardous?
It is a property owner’s responsibility to ensure his/her trees are in safe condition. Assessments should be done by qualified arboricultural consultants….
What can I do if my neighbour’s trees are causing me problems?
You can prune or remove any branches on your side as long as you don’t damage the tree. TPOs may need to be considered. You must also offer the debris back to the owner….
Will the presence of birds or bats make any difference to my tree work?
If any type of bird is nesting in a tree or hedge then it is legally protected, so long as the nest is in use. This can delay work until the nesting season is over….
Specific to Take A Bough Questions
Are you a qualified tree surgeon and do you have insurance?
All of our site team have the required National Proficiency Test Council qualifications and each tree surgeon carries a card displaying their completed qualifications. We have both public liability and employers liability insurance ensuring property and people are covered….
How do you work out the cost of tree surgery?
While it may be possible in some circumstances to offer a rough estimate of the cost of tree surgery based on a photograph and a description of the access, it is generally necessary for our qualified tree surgeons to make a site visit, not only to view the tree and assess the access, but also to discuss the options open to you….
How long will I have to wait to have the work done after I have accepted the quotation?
We will always try to get work booked in as soon as possible and will make every effort to accommodate your preferences….
My garden has no side access and limited space, how will that affect the work on my tree?
It is always possible to remove or prune or reduce trees of any size in limited spaces and we have many years of experience in doing so in your area……
Can I use the wood chippings from my trees?
Yes you can, though some chipped trees are unsuitable for garden use. We can advise you of the suitability of your specific trees….