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Woodland is a valuable resource within the borough, and ancient woodland in particular is a habitat of major importance to nature conservation. It plays host to a number of protected or notable species and is a key feature of the landscape character and historic fabric of the borough.

If you want to carry out woodland work, you are advised in the first instance to consult the Forestry Commission to determine if a felling licence is required.

Some woodlands are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). If you apply to the Forestry Commission for a felling licence, they will consult the council over the proposed works and there is no need to make TPO application.

If you do not obtain a felling licence and wish to carry out works to trees in a TPO woodland, then you will need to get permission from us (see protected trees).

The following organisations provide useful information on woodlands and woodland creation, management and funding: