Trees, woodland and forestry
There are 3 layers of tree protection:
- Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)
- Conservation areas
- Planning conditions
If you want to carry out any tree felling or surgery works to a protected tree, you must get written permission from us. This can be obtained by completing a tree work application form and returning it to the Infrastructure, Environment and Economy Service for their consideration.
Tree Preservation Orders
A Tree Preservation Order protects individual trees and woodlands that make a significant contribution to the appearance or natural beauty of an area, or are of cultural or historical importance.
Please email any search enquiries to:
- firstname.lastname@example.org for the North Highland area (Caithness, Sutherland, Ross, Skye and Lochalsh)
- email@example.com for the South Highland area (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Lochaber)
Certified copies of our most recent Tree Preservation Orders are:
- Tree Preservation Order Number HC146, 2023 Badabrie, Banavie - Served
- Tree Preservation Order Number HC144, 2023 Laggan House, Scaniport, Inverness - Served
- Tree Preservation Order Number HC145, 2023 Inchbae, Garve - Served
Copies of older Tree Preservation Orders are available upon request.
Conservation Areas protect trees and woodlands as important landscape features which often make a significant contribution to the special character of the area.
To determine whether a tree or woodland is within a Conservation Area, please find the specified area on the maps of Conservation Areas
Replacement of protected trees
Where we allow the removal of a protected tree, we expect appropriate replacement planting. In any development plan, trees proposed for removal should be replaced with appropriate planting in a landscape scheme.