TE9: Parkland tree guard - welded steel

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the parkland tree guard - welded steel item.

How much will be paid

£170 per tree.

Where to use this item

Available for Higher Tier

Only with:


  • install a tree guard in accordance with the specification agreed with Natural England
  • provide sufficient clearance so that grazing animals cannot reach the stem of the tree

Do not:

  • fasten guards to the tree itself
  • allow guards to rub against, constrict, or cause damage to the tree

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Higher Tier manual for more detail

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:

  • photographs of the completed work
  • a detailed specification if required

Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • photographs of the trees to be guarded
  • item specification if required

The detailed requirements for this item will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Higher Tier applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this item.

Using tree guards

Use metal tree guards to protect standard trees from vandalism, mowing, livestock and wild animals in parkland and areas with public access.

Use guards traditional to the area.

This item cannot be used to replace existing guards to maintain the parkland’s character. 

Further information

See the Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.