Overview

trees and grassland at Roydon Woods

The tree officers are responsible for implementing the National Park's purposes and the District Council's obligations for trees, hedgerows and woodlands.

This is done either using the legal controls imposed through Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Conservation Areas and hedgerow regulations or through the provision of information and advice to other statutory bodies such as professionals, amenity groups, schools, landowners and the general public.

The tree officers promote good working standards by providing information to tree owners and by regular discussion with tree work contractors.

However the legal controls do not automatically protect all trees and even where such controls do exist some trees are exempt from legal protection and others require work from time to time. 

If trees are left unmanaged over long periods, any works carried out can appear heavy handed and may alter the appearance of the local environment and so the Authority publicises tree works applications and decisions and actively seeks comment from those affected so that relevant views may be taken into account.

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