Posted: August 9, 2023

Do I Need Permission to Cut a Tree Down on My Property?

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Do I Need Permission to Cut a Tree Down on My Property?

In many cases, you are allowed to cut a tree down on your property without seeking permission. However, if the tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or located within a conservation area, you will need to get approval from your local council first. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the details to help you understand when and how you can go ahead with tree cutting on your property.

Understanding Protected Trees

Before you decide to cut down a tree on your property, it’si’mportant to decide whether the tree is protected by a TPO. These orders are put in place to protect trees that offer value to the community. The process of checking if a tree is protected is straightforward — simply contact your local council or check their online resources for information.

How to Handle Protected Trees

If a tree is protected by a TPO, you will need to submit an application to your local council detailing why you wish to cut it down. Remember that each case is different, and while some requests are approved quickly, others may take a while and possibly be declined. 

Considering the Environmental Impact

Beyond the regulatory guidelines stipulated by your local council, there is a significant ethical consideration, too — the envrionmental impact. Trees play a pivotol role in our ecosystem, whether it be reducing carbon dioxide levels or providing a habitat for wildlife. 

If you do choose to cut down a tree, you might want to consider planting a new tree to replace it. This will help to maintain the environmental balance.

Dealing with Overhanging Branches

Overhanging branches can often be a problem, especially if they obstruct your property or pose a risk to safety. Generally speaking, you are allowed to cut any branches that overhang onto your property, as long as it doesn’t result in the tree being damaged or becoming unstable.

Seek Expert Advice

Before taking any action, we strongly recommend seeking expert advice. Cutting off an overhanging branch yourself may affect the overall health and stability of the tree. At Fircroft Tree Surgery, we can help assess the situation and provide expert guidance on how to proceed without harming the tree unnecessarily.

Why Choose Fircroft Tree Surgery?

At Fircroft Tree Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing a complete range of tree surgery services from tree felling,pollarding, stump removal and commercial tree services to hedge trimming and tree maintenance. We have over 25 years’ experience serving St Albans, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding areas. Meaning we know our laws and regulations. Our expert team can offer advice and services that are both legal and safe.

While you may not always need permission to cut a tree down on your property, it is essential that you take the necessary steps to ensure you are doing so safely and legally 

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