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)
Please find below certified copies of the most recent Tree Preservation Orders. Copies of older Tree Preservation Orders are available upon request.
Tree Preservation Order No. HC144
Tree Preservation Order No. HC145
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.