To perform work on trees that have a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or are within a Conservation Area (CA), permission must be sought from the local Planning Office (LPA)

There are currently four classes of TPO:

1. Individual: can be applied to an individual tree.
2. Group: can be applied to a group of individual trees which, together, make up a feature of amenity value but which separately might not.
3. Area: a type of TPO not normally made now but still common, as formerly this type was used frequently. It covers all trees in a defined area at the time the order was made.
4. Woodland: covers all trees within a woodland area regardless of how old they are.

The following Conservation areas exist on the Shotley Peninsula, and permission from Babergh DC must be sought before any tree work can be carried out a Conservation area on a tree with a diameter of 75mm at a height of 1.5m from the ground, with the exception of:

  • Making a tree safe if it is an imminent threat to people or property.
  • Removing dead wood, or a dead tree.

There is still a duty to notify Babergh District Council that work has been completed including supplying an explanation of the necessity.

The Conservation Areas are: 

  • Pin Mill
  • Shotley Gate
  • Woolverstone.

In addition, TPO "ES33" exists covering a large area on the river Orwell side of the main road. This is an Area TPO made in 1957, which by definition, does not include any trees that were planted / have grown naturally after the order was made.


Details of the Conservation area boundaries can be found in the Babergh DC publications.

Pin Mill Conservation Area Appraisal

Shotley Gate Conservation Area Appraisal

Woolverstone Conservation Area Appraisal

For more info, go to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk DC website, Planning Portal, or click here to go straight to the Trees and Hedges section. Now that Babergh has joined forces with Mid Suffolk, an on-line, interactive map is available detailing all TPO's and Conservation Areas. Click here to view it. To submit a planning application, click here.

For the National Tree Safety Group document "Common sense risk management of trees" click here

For the East Anglian Tree and Landscape Officer Group (EATaLOG) Chalara Action Kit, click here

For more detail on TPO's, click here