Protected Trees of Bath
The historic importance and architectural beauty of the City of Bath in north east Somerset means that it is one of the biggest Conservation Areas in the UK, covering almost three quarters of the city.
It’s not only the listed buildings of Bath that are situated in the city’s Conservation Areas – there are a great number of trees as well. This means that as local tree surgeons, we at West Country Tree Services have to be knowledgeable and well-versed in the laws pertaining to trees in conservation areas and those subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
We are highly experienced in consulting with property owners and authorities in Bath and ensuring that the city’s trees are treated with as much care and consideration as the rest of its heritage landscape.
We can also guide you through the process of obtaining permission from the Bath and North East Somerset Council for undertaking works or felling on a tree in a conservation area or under a TPO.
In general terms all trees in a Conservation Area with a trunk diameter of 75mm or more – measured at 1.5 metres above natural ground level – are protected under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. You have to give at least six weeks notice to the BANES Council if you want to prune or fell such a tree, or face a hefty fine (up to £20,000 for cutting a tree down).
It’s important to remember that all parts of a tree in a Conservation Area are protected – including its roots. You need to give notice to the Council, therefore, if you plan doing any building work or digging that may impact on a tree’s root system.
The rules governing work on trees protected by a TPO are even more strict and well enforced.
All the regulations for protecting trees in a Conservation Area are necessary because trees contribute significantly to the aesthetics of the landscape, enhancing the setting of the historic buildings and other features in the locality.
When you are in need of a tree surgeon in a city like Bath, with so many areas of designated historic interest, it is very important to contract for the work with a company which employs only professional, qualified arborists. We will not only ascertain whether the tree/s requiring work are protected, but make sure the work itself is carried out to the highest possible standard, within legal and safe guidelines.
If you would like to consult us about the health and well-being of your trees in Bath or surrounds, contact us, West Country Tree Services, at telephone 01225 345137, mobile 07759 205453, or email us.