Protected Trees & Hedgerows Guidance


Advice and Guidance about Protected Trees and Hedgerows within Bassetlaw.

Tree Guidance for Applicants and Developers in Bassetlaw

Trees can occupy a substantial part of a development site whether residential or commercial. Well sited and in scale with their surroundings, trees will greatly enhance any development by providing an appearance of maturity, which is welcomed and often appreciated. If existing trees are poorly sited, however, they may be resented and no amount of legal protection will ensure their retention.

To avoid such problems, it is of the utmost importance that early and adequate identification of important trees on development sites is carried out.

This guidance aims to provide guidance on which trees are suitable for retention, the means of protecting them, how the development should be integrated and how the existing trees can be supplemented by new planting.

A Guide to Protected Hedgerows and High Hedgerows

Hedgerows occur in both urban and rural areas and can significantly contribute towards our natural and built environments. Hedgerows provide an important characteristic for much of lowland Britain. The loss of these hedgerows, as a result of changing agricultural practices and development has been a matter of concern for many years.

Hedgerows create attractive landscapes, and often mark ancient boundaries between parishes. They also provide safe habitats and corridors for a wide variety of wildlife. Their loss on a large scale impoverishes the countryside.

The 1997 Hedgerows Regulations give the Council limited powers to protect certain rural hedgerows it considers to be of environmental importance.

‘Removal’ of a hedgerow includes not only grubbing-up but also other acts that result in the destruction of a hedgerow. Normal management of a hedgerow does not require prior permission from the Council.