Protecting rural landscapes and features

Trees and woodland

The Forestry Commission has guidance on managing woodlands and minimising damage to them.

Tree felling and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

You must get written consent from your local planning authority before you damage or destroy, uproot, top or lop any trees that are protected by TPOs.

You must also give 42 days’ written notice to your local planning authority if you wish to cut down any tree in a conservation area.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of forestry projects

You need an EIA if you’re:

  • creating new woodland
  • cutting down existing woodland
  • doing forest road works
  • doing forest-related quarrying

You also need permission from the Forestry Commission.

Funding for woodlands

Payments for woodland are available under the Single Payment Scheme and Farm Woodland Payments.

Funding is also available under Environmental Stewardship.

Woodland grants

Find out about grants available under the Forestry Commission’s English Woodland Grant Scheme.

Call the helpline if you require further information.

English Woodland Grant Scheme
Telephone: 01223 346 004
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