Help us get 172,000 trees planted.
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Help us get 172,000 trees planted.
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Find out about tree preservation orders, the development and management of trees and woodland, and how we manage hedgerows in North Lincolnshire.
The Northern Forest is the Government’s 25-year vision to plant 50 million trees across the north of England from Hull to Liverpool.
North Lincolnshire lies in the ‘halo’ of the planned forest and the council has set an ambitious target to plant 172,000 trees as part of the project. But we can’t do this on our own.
You don’t have to plant an orchard – every single tree counts towards our target. Please make sure you have landowners permission before you start planting your trees.
Once you have planted your trees, please let us know on the form below.
This map shows the trees that have been planted in North Lincolnshire as part of our campaign so far. It will be updated regularly as we receive more approved notifications, so keep checking back as we get nearer our target.
Use our online maps to view Tree Protection Orders and conservation areas in North Lincolnshire. Select the ‘Environment’ section on the map.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) enable the council to protect important trees. They can be placed on any tree, group of trees or woodland that has significant amenity value.
Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are:
Tree Preservation Orders prohibit:
*Removal of dead wood may be exempt. Contact the council to check this (contact details are below).
Doing work without the council’s consent is an offence. If convicted by a magistrate, the maximum penalty is £20,000. Crown courts can impose unlimited fines.
We will investigate threat to trees. We make temporary orders if the tree has significant amenity value. These orders allow for discussion over a period of six months. We will usually decide whether to make the temporary order permanent within this period.
Mature trees enhances land value and environmental quality. Established trees give a feel of maturity to new development and enhance the sustainability of our environment.
The council has developed strategies to enhance tree management and adopted Supplementary Planning Guidance.
Before deciding anything about the development of a site it should be properly surveyed. Site survey information can be used in all other site development matters and is also used to produce a tree survey. This plots the position of all trees and hedges and provides accurate information on the crown spread and trunk girth, species, health and amenity value of the trees. This information is then used by an tree specialist to identify trees worthy of retention.
It is vital to protect identified trees before any work starts. Over 90 per cent of tree roots are very close to the soil surface (within 600 mm).
Significant damage is caused by plant and machinery used in site clearance as this compacts the soil. Raising ground levels around trees also smothers roots.
Sturdy fences should be erected to enclose the area covered by the spread of the branches, or an area equal to half the height of the tree, whichever is the greater. These areas must then be left undisturbed during site works:
The relationship between buildings and trees can be beneficial to both if considered at the design stage.
Building works can damage roots and buildings can rob trees of light, and vice versa. So, on sites with trees, it is in everyone’s interest to get the design and siting of buildings right.
Where possible, buildings should be set away from the crown spread of trees, sited to the south of large trees or trees that will become large.
The Trees and Development SPG provides a means of calculating how far a building should be sited away from the tree(s) to be retained.
Similar consideration applies to other issues related to preserving soil structure around trees. These include:
It is important in determining distances between trees and new buildings. It should be established as a matter of course through site investigation. Where it is not possible to build away from trees to be retained, root barriers or novel foundation constructions may be a way forward. Novel foundations will require design by a structural engineer to show compliance with the building regulations.
Avoiding root disturbance will ensure the successful retention of trees and hedges.
Site works such as trenching for foundations, service runs and road construction should be kept well clear of established zones.
Properly designed service provision using common service trenches will also save money.
The Forestry Commission provides advice and information about trees and woods. It administers grants for woodland creation and management.
Information about trees and woods is available to the council and the public.
The commission consults the council about the Woodland Grant Scheme. We hold a copy of the Public Register of applications.
Our Environment team is pleased to discuss any proposals about woods.
There are opportunities to plant and manage woods in schemes administered by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
By law, if you are considering removing an agricultural hedgerow from your land, you must make an application to us so that we can determine whether the hedgerow is considered important from a historical or environmental perspective. For more information, please visit the Countryside hedgerows: protection and management page on GOV.UK.