TE7: Tree guard (wood post and rail)

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the tree guard (wood post and rail) item.

How much will be paid

£59.50 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 2m high which have:

    • 4 treated timber corner posts
    • 5cm diameter top and middle rails
    • a bottom rail if grazing animals are likely to get underneath the guard
    • posts placed so that grazing animals cannot reach within 1m of the tree stem
    • a single strand of barbed wire along the top rail to prevent animals rubbing against the guard
  • sheep netting or 3 strands of taut plain or barbed wire should be fastened:

    • to the corner posts between the middle and top rails
    • between the middle rail and the bottom rail
  • use sheep netting instead of barbed wire between the middle rail and the bottom rail if sheep are likely to graze the parcel
  • 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 the damage the tree in any other 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.