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Protected trees

Check if a tree is protected

A tree in Horsham District may be protected for a number of reasons and under varying legislation.

A tree may be protected if:

  • It has a Tree Preservation Order
  • It is located within a Conservation area
  • There are conditions attached on a planning application

The easiest way to find out whether trees are affected by Tree Preservation Orders or are within a Conservation Area is to use the Local Plan Mapping Tool

When you open the tool simply:

  • Enter the postcode of the address where the tree is located in the search bar. This will bring up a list of all recent planning applications within the postcode.
  • In the right hand menu, turn on the layer list. The TPO layer is at the bottom of the Constraints list, and is only visible at closer scales.
  • Select the OS Basemap (black and white) in the Basemap Gallery.

Alternatively, you can view maps of conservation areas on our Conservation areas pages and identify if conditions have been placed on a planning approval on our View and comment on planning applications page.

Are trees such as English Oak always protected?

Only trees which are covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or are located within a Conservation Area are protected. Less important trees can also be required to be retained on development sites for a limited period of up to 5 years by a condition placed on a planning consent.

Trees covered by Forestry Regulations

In the countryside, field trees and woodlands come under the 1967 Forestry Act (as amended), which means that anyone looking to carry out extensive tree felling must obtain a licence.

To apply for a licence, please email the Forestry Commission at, or call them on 0300 067 4420.