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Trees in Conservation Areas

Normal Tree Preservation Order (TPO) procedures apply if a tree in a conservation area is already protected by a TPO. But if a tree in a conservation area is not covered by a TPO, you have to give written notice to the LPA (by letter, email or on the LPA’s form) of any proposed work, describing what you want to do, at least six weeks before the work starts. This is called a ‘section 211 notice’ and it gives the LPA an opportunity to consider protecting the tree with a TPO. You can find out more about trees in Conservation Areas on the Planning Portal website.


You do not need to give notice of work on a tree in a conservation area if it is less than 7.5 centimetres in diameter, when measured at 1.5 metres above the ground (or 10 centimetres in diameter if thinning the number of trees to help the growth of other nearby trees).


Medway Council has a number of conservation areas that protect areas such as the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, the centre of Rochester, rural village centres and areas of fine Victorian and Edwardian housing. When submitting a section 211 notice, you might find it helpful to take a look at the guidance notes available on the Planning Portal and seek the advice of a tree surgeon prior to submitting a tree works notice. The directory of Arboricultural Association approved Contractors and Medway Council’s Fair Trader Scheme will help you find suitable contractors. Alternatively you may feel it would be worthwhile discussing your proposals with Medway Council, who welcomes the opportunity to give pre-application advice before you complete the form.


This form should be completed for further information (such as whether or not a particular tree is protected by a Conservation Area), or to request blank paper copies of the application form. If you believe someone is undertaking unauthorised work on a protected tree, please report the matter to Medway Council who will investigate the case. It is vital that you provide as much information as possible, including details of the people undertaking the works.