As there are high winds forecast across the East Midlands this weekend, here is some advice for owners of protected trees.
A tree is protected either by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or by being situated in a designated conservation area.
Owners of protected trees should ensure the tree is as safe as possible. Protected trees should be inspected by a trees consultant or tree surgeon https://www.trees.org.uk/Find-a-professional every year, especially if they are close to a public highway or a property.
In the case of a dangerous tree or branch, the carrying out of safety works is covered by Regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2012.
It is the tree owner’s responsibility to carry out the work necessary to make a tree safe in an emergency situation. Any work to remove a hazard must be to a minimum. This can only be done without going through an application process if the tree or branch is deemed dangerous.
If you have carried out any safety works to a protected tree in an emergency situation, or if the protected tree has failed, split or been wind-thrown. you must inform the Council by giving written notice via email@example.com at the first opportunity.
For more information about protected trees, please visit: https://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/tree_preservation_and_hedges
If you would like to report a dangerous tree on or close to the highway which you do not own, you can report the tree to Leicestershire County Council.