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Trees and field boundaries

Trees in villages or in the farmed landscape can be very important for wildlife as well a their amenity value. Some trees may have been present for centuries and are particularly sensitive to changes in their environment.

Planning to carry out work on a tree?

When planning to carry out work on trees it is essential to consider the needs of the tree. Incorrect pruning work can have a detrimental effect on the appearance and health of a tree and could ultimately make it unsafe. Ideally any work to trees should be carried out between September and February to avoid the bird nesting season.

Permission will usually be required for work on trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order, and for most trees within a Conservation Area the National Park Authority requires six weeks notice of intended works.

For more information and relevant forms, please visit our Trees and Hedgerows page.

The National Park Authority can provide advice on care, management and planting of trees. New planting is needed to maintain trees in the landscape for the future. Financial support is sometimes available for projects which encourage and maintain trees. Old trees might need special consideration to help maintain and protect them, and grant is available to assist landowners with management and planting where important populations of veteran trees are present.

Traditional field boundaries are a major part of the landscape character of the North York Moors National Park. They are also often of considerable wildlife value and are important historic features. 

The intended removal of most non-domestic hedgerows (or part of a hedgerow) requires notification to the National Park Authority under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997.  

For more information and relevant forms, please visit our Hedgerow Regulations page


Conservation Department
T: 01439 772700