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Rural Environment

Please click on a link below to be taken to the relevant sub-section of 'Rural Environment':

Tree Preservation Orders

In both town and country, trees are a vital part of our green and rural environment. In recognition of this, local planning authorities have specific powers to protect trees, by making Tree Preservation Orders.

Special provisions also apply within Conservation Areas designated by local planning authorities.

Simply put, where a tree is protected, it is an offence, with fines in a Magistrates Court, of up to £20,000, to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage, or destroy a tree without the planning authority's permission.

The MHDC website provides most of the information you will need on TPO's and trees in Conservation Areas.

Go there...   Map defining Ripple Conservation Area
Go there...   Map defining Uckinghall Conservation Area

Go there...   A Guide to Tree Preservation Procedures
Go there...   Tree Preservation Guidelines
Go there...   Applying to work on a tree subject to a Preservation Order or within a Conservation Area.

MHDC have started a two year project to update and review their TPO database. In Ripple Parish some of these go back to 1971, and many of the referenced trees are no longer there. As soon as results are available we will ensure that all concerned properties are advised.

If you want to know where existing TPO's and Conservation Areas are, please contact the Parish Clerk.

The MHDC Tree Officers can be contacted at:-

     Planning Services
     Malvern Hills District Council
     The Council House
     Avenue Road
     WR14 3AF

or by telephone, through the Customer Hub, on 01684 862151.