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Trees and hedgerows

Trees and hedgerows are an integral part of the character of the North York Moors and are often highly valued for their amenity and historic value.

Many trees in the National Park are protected either by being in a Conservation Area or by a Tree Preservation Order.

If you are planning tree work, such as planting or felling trees or removing hedgerows, there are certain legal requirements you'll need to consider.

The felling of trees often concerns people (such as neighbours or local residents), so it's helpful to discuss the matter first with National Park staff and to inform the Parish Council and the Forestry Commission, even if you think you're not required to by law.

The links below will take you to pages designed to help you but if you are unsure please call the Conservation Department, on 01439 772700.

How do I find out if the tree is protected?

Visit our Trees in Conservation Areas page.

Visit our Tree Preservation Orders page.

Visit our Hedgerow Removal page.

Important Information

The felling of trees is controlled by the Forestry Commission and you may need a Felling Licence to fell growing trees.

The National Park Authority must receive notification of the intention to alter or create new forest tracks.

Where trees and hedgerows are on an SSSI, work may require the consent of Natural England.

Public registers

The National Park Authority maintains the registers of applications and notifications to carry out work on protected trees and to remove hedgerows. You can arrange to see them by telephoning Rachel Smith on 01439 772700. 

Useful links

Felling licences on the Forestry Commission website

Contacts:

Conservation Department
email
Tel: 01439 772700