Trees can either be protected by a tree preservation order (TPO) or because they are within a conservation area. If this is the case, you need permission from the council before you can carry out any work.

Apply to carry out work to a protected tree  

Is my tree protected?

Use our mapping tool to see if a tree is protected. You can download a copy of the order from here.


You don't normally need permission to plant a hedge in your garden and there are no laws that say how high you can grow your hedge.

However, you are responsible for looking after any hedge on your property and for making sure it is not a nuisance to anyone else.

If a hedge does adversely affect the owners/occupiers of an adjoining domestic property then they may be able to take action through the High Hedges complaints system introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003. 

Make a complaint about a hedge (pdf 40KB)

When making a complaint about a hedge, please also ensure you have read the following: 

Further information