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Heritage Trees

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she plans to take to protect heritage trees. (188702)

Heritage trees are already protected through a range of statutory and non-statutory mechanisms.

Proposed changes to the Tree Preservation Order system will deliver more effective protection. We intend to introduce new regulations which will limit the exemptions allowing work to protected trees without consent, and we will update departmental guidance to clarify the powers already available to local planning authorities to protect heritage trees.