Date published: 5th July 2023

The trees, hedgerows and woodlands across the district are incredibly valuable. They contribute significantly to the health and well-being of our local communities, the local environment, and the wider global environment by providing a range of ecosystem services.

The Council this year completed the highly successful 110,000 tree planting scheme, one for every resident in North Norfolk. Trees, hedgerows and woodlands are incredibly important and valued by our residents. The Council has also planted six Miyawaki Forests in Sheringham, Fakenham, North Walsham, Hindringham, Cromer and Beeston Regis.

One way of protecting our green heritage is through Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and designated conservation areas, where a single tree, group, woodland or even forest can be protected.

Tree Preservation Orders are in place around the district, if your tree is protected or growing in a conservation area you will need to apply before any tree work is carried out.

The application process is free and can usually be filled in by your arborist. Tree work can be incredibly dangerous, and we always suggest you employ a professional arborist to undertake tree work.

Anyone who breaches a TPO by damaging or carrying out work on a protected tree without permission from the local planning authority may be guilty of an offence and if convicted could receive a fine of up to £20,000. In serious cases a person can be committed for trial in the Crown Court and, if convicted, may be liable for an unlimited fine.

Cllr. Adam Varley, portfolio holder for Climate Change and Net Zero, said:

“Trees are so important. They give us oxygen and store carbon; they stabilise the soil and increase wildlife habitat, and more. TPOs will ensure that these trees and woodlands are protected and continue to thrive.”

Find out more about Tree Preservation Orders here:

Find out who owns a tree here:

Apply to cut down or carry out tree surgery on a protected tree here:

Last updated: 5th July 2023