Trees and Hedges

We are responsible for administering tree protection measures across the District and for protecting important countryside hedgerows. We also are responsible for the management of trees on our land.

Tree Protection

If you plan to undertake works to a tree or trees (pruning, lopping, felling etc), then it is important to check with us first whether they might be protected, either by a Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's), Trees in Conservation Areas(CA) or through other Tree and Hedge Protection. Details of current applications/notifications received by us are available for you to view. Likewise, if you plan to remove a hedgerow you should check whether it is subject to protection. Most countryside hedgerows are protected by specific legislation. For more information visit the Protected Hedgerows page.

Trees and Development

Where trees and hedges may be affected by development, these need to be fully taken into account within the Planning system. Further guidance and useful downloads can be found on the Trees, Hedges and Development page.

Trees - East Lindsey

Our approach to tree and hedgerow protection and management of our own trees and hedges is outlined in the 'Trees - East Lindsey' documents, which are available for download from this page. These documents outline the policies, principles and management techniques we will follow as we meet our responsibilities in these areas. 

District Council Owned Trees

We are responsible for the management of trees where they are on District Council owned land. This includes sites such as Public Parks and Gardens and certain open spaces in residential areas. If you have concerns regarding the safety of a Council owned tree please report this to us.

Trees on the Highway Verge

Trees on roadside verges and other highways land are the responsibility of Lincolnshire County Council (LCC). The County Council also has grant schemes for tree planting and landscape conservation and offers replacement trees to landowners who have had to remove dangerous roadside trees. Further information on these schemes can be found on the County Council's Conservation GrantsOpens new window web pages. 

In addition to Tree Preservation Orders, Conservation Areas and the Hedgerow Regulations, there are a number of other potential ways in which a tree or hedge may be protected. The most common ways are explained below.
Before carrying out any tree work it is important to find out whether the tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), Conservation Area, or through another form of protection.
Our district currently has Conservation Areas in 17 settlements; Alford, Binbrook, Burgh le Marsh, Horncastle, Hundleby, Louth, Raithby, Revesby, South Willingham, Spilsby, North Thoresby, Old Bolingbroke, Tattershall, Thimbleby, Wainfleet, Woodhall Spa and Wragby.
We encourage the retention of existing trees and hedges on development sites, where those trees have been inspected and judged suitable for retention, in the interests of local landscape character.
Most countryside hedgerows are protected by the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. This means that you cannot remove a hedgerow without giving us notice.
Where there is a neighbour dispute about a high evergreen/semi-evergreen hedge, our Planning Enforcement Team deals with enquiries/applications under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.