TE6: Tree guard (tube and mesh)

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the tree guard (tube and mesh) item.

How much will be paid

£4 per guard.

Where to use this item

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Only on trees within a parcel managed with one of the following options:

Where this item cannot be used

With the following items:

How this item will benefit the environment

If successful this item will protect trees from damage caused by grazing animals and wild animals.


  • erect tree guards at least 1.5 metres high and made of a tree tube and stake
  • use chicken wire to prevent animals from grazing or rubbing against the tree - barbed wire can be fastened around the chicken wire to provide extra protection.
  • the design of the tree guard must allow access for:

    • carrying out formative pruning
    • applying a mulch
    • clearing vegetation around the base of each tree

Do not:

  • fasten guards to the tree
  • attach guards so that they rub against, constrict or damage the tree in any way

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 Mid 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

Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • photographs of existing trees to be protected

This item can be used with the following items:

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or 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.