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Dead or dangerous trees

What to do if you think a protected tree is dead or dangerous, and needs to be removed

Work on dead or dangerous trees

You're required to give five days' notice before you carry out work on a dead or dangerous tree which is:

You must notify us in writing of any emergency work carried out as soon as possible after this work has taken place. We'll need to know the location of the tree(s) and the reason why it needed to be removed.

Ash Dieback Disease (Chalara frxinea)

We are taking the threat of Ash Dieback Disease seriously. We are following advice from the agencies that are leading the research into this disease. Further information can be found on both the Forestry Commission and DEFRA websites.

Cutting down a protected tree without permission

You could be prosecuted if we believe you have carried out unauthorised work. The maximum fine on conviction is £20,000 for each tree. You would also be asked to replace any tree that had been removed without permission.

How to let us know

To let us know you're planning to do work on a dead or dangerous tree, or know someone who has done work without permission please email us. Our contact details are the bottom of this page.

Replacement tree

When a tree is removed because it is dead or dangerous, you may be asked to replace it with a tree that is:

  • a suitable size and species
  • in the same place or close to where the tree was removed

The replacement tree should be planted as soon as possible in the first planting season after the tree was removed. The new tree will have the same legal protection as the one it replaces.

Work to a dying tree

You're no longer able to give five days' notice for work to a dying tree(s). You must apply for permission to prune or remove a dying tree(s).