Trees and Hedgerows
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and management of hedges and trees
Please note that we produce a number of tree guides on topics such as dealing with dead trees, planning applications and protected trees, pruning and much more. If you can't find the answer you're looking for in our guides, then the contact routes and other information on this page may help.
We have a duty to ensure that trees on council land are safe.
If you have a problem with a tree situated on council-owned land, please report it to us.
Trees or Woodland protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)
Trees in Conservation Areas
The Conservation Areas in West Berkshire can be viewed online.
If you intend to carry out works to any tree in these areas, where the trunk is more than 75mm in diameter measured at 1.3m above ground level, an Application for Tree Works should be submitted to our Planning Service.
Further information on trees in West Berkshire can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [66kb].
Hedges and Hedgerows
If you've noticed a hedge or hedgerow that is blocking a path or road, you can report a problem with a tree or shrub online. If it's something we look after, we'll investigate. You might want to take a look at our Grass Cutting Schedules too.
If you are intending to remove a hedge or hedgerow, please check the hedgerow regulation and management guidelines and hedgerow legislation.
You may need to submit an Application Form for Hedgerow Removal to our Planning Service and obtain permission before you start.
There are Help Notes to assist you in completing this application form.