Firstly, you need to make enquiries with the Council as to whether there has been an application to rescind any Preservation Order. If not, check that they are definitely planning to take the tree down and if so, inform the Council in writing that the developer/person will be acting illegally in this matter.
Also, check whether the developer/person is planning to plant any more trees - this is sometimes used to gain permission to chop others down.
Unfortunately, silver birches are not usually granted any protective status - they are seen as something of a nuisance tree as their roots are shallow and often cause damage to pavements and foundations, and sycamores and similar trees are seen as weed trees, overpowering other trees as often too densely grown. Regardless of being a weed tree or not, that is not the reason for designation of a TPO Tree Protection Order being applied for in the case of any tree, so dont let that put you off-
YOU CAN APPLY TO HAVE A TPO PUT ON A TREE, DONT WAIT FOR THE COUNCIL TO DO IT - SEE THE BLUE LINK BELOW - CONTACT US WITH ANY PROBLEMS! ALSO CHECK IF THERE IS A FELLING LICENCE FROM THE FORESTRY COMMISION - REQUIRED IF OVER 5 CU MTRS PER QUARTER IS INTENDED TO BE FELLED.
When you are alerted to a possible planning violation quickly protecting the trees might be essential.
Through WoodWatch the Woodland Trust encourages people to care for and protect their local woods and trees. WoodWatch is a campaign empowering people to take effective action to protect the woods and trees that are important in their community. Think 'Neighbourhood Watch', only for woods and trees! In fact, think neighbourWOOD Watch! So if you are alerted to a possible planning threat, taking action to protect the trees is essential and you can find lots of hints and tips on the Woodland Trust’s website.
A good place to start to see if anyone has done an Environmental Impact Assessment on any site, trees, fields, waterways etc. is always to find the local council ecologist or environmental officer and check on the state of play re an EIA: please check your nearest Communities & Local Government office number to see what is happening with large developments which may get called in because the local council has received so many complaints. Find out what to do next and who should be doing it (planning, council, MPs, DEFRA or Forestry Commission etc). Department for Communities and Local Government - London SW1E 5DU tel no 0303 444 0000
You can always use the local police too, there should be a police officer with special concern re Wildlife & Countryside Act 1989 – often called Wildlife & Rural Crime Officers but cost cutting may have reduced their numbers.
Really useful website where you can find out what's happening in your area, and sign up for email alerts from the Woodland Trust's new WoodWatch campaign.
“Through this website you can:
Tell us about an ancient wood or tree under threat.
Find out where ancient woods and trees are under threat
The Trust fights cases of ancient woods and trees under threat through the planning system. We know of hundreds across the country. Find out where the threats are on the interactive map.
Contact to advise of a threat to ancient woods or trees:
WOODLAND TRUST CAMPAIGNS !
• Submit the case via our interactive map
• Email [email protected]
• Ring 08452 935569 and speak to one of our team”
Ancient Tree Forum c/o Woodland Trust
tel: 01476 581135 fax: 01476 590808
WOODS UNDER THREAT c/o Woodland Trust email: [email protected]
THE FORESTRY COMMISSION
The Tree Register -help them measure & register ancient & heritage trees: check if trees are registered
(get any local trees registered and measured, at least that will help protect them as “significant trees “ if they are very old, isolated, extremely large (champion trees)
DEFRA Tree Council- become a Tree Warden !
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH - LEGAL HELP LINE WEDS EVENINGS ONLY 6.30 TO 8.30PM 0808 801 0405
Use the Localism Act to 'plan' to save your local trees and green areas - Woodland Trust show you how!
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES - THE ANCIENT WOODLAND INVENTORY (AWI)
The AWI covers the following types of woodland:
Ancient semi-natural woodland: "all stands of ancient woodland which did not obviously originate from planting".
The following are included in this category in the AWI: birch woodland on disturbed ground inside ancient woods; small semi-natural stands within ancient sites which have developed on former settlements, gravel pits etc.; woods where semi-natural stands have been slightly modified by planting; and woods containing some self-sown sycamore.
Ancient replanted woodland: "obviously planted woodland of any age of a broadleaf, mixed or coniferous type, identifiable from field survey". Plantations of any coniferous species, sycamore, poplar, red oak, southern beech "and native species planted so densely that the semi-natural underwood is suppressed" are automatically included in this category. "Ancient replanted woodland" excludes beech north of the Chilterns and Cotswolds, and includes sweet chestnut in Kent and other south eastern counties "unless it can be shown that they are suppressing the other semi-natural components of the underwood".
Ancient woodland sites which have been grubbed: woods which have been cleared for agriculture, mineral extraction or urban development since the publication of the Ordnance Survey First Series 1:25,000 maps.7
A single woodland site in the AWI may comprise one or more of the above types. As previously noted (see Aim and purpose), AWI data has been held by English Nature in two forms: as a database and as a digital boundary dataset. "
Save Trees! SAVE OUR WOODLANDS!! Petition and list of some of the UK Forestry Commission woodlands that may be under threat of sale or partial selling off.
• Aberdeen Woods
• Afan Forest Park
• Alice Holt Forest
• Bedgebury Pinetum
• Dalby forest
• Delamere forest
• Glenmore Forest Park
• Grizedale forest
• Gwydyr Forest Park
• Hamsterley Forest
• Kesteven Forest
• Kielder Forest
• Ostlers Plantation, Lincolnshire
• Rendlesham Forest
• Salcey Forest
• Savernake forest
• Sherwood Forest
• Tay forest Park
• Thetford forest
• Westonbirt Arboretum
• Whittlewood Forest
• Forest of Dean
• Haldon Forest
WOODLAND TRUST CAMPAIGN AGAINST DEPT COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION RE NOT PROTECTING DEAD AND DYING TREES, EVEN THOSE WITH TPO'S - ENDS 20TH DECEMBER - PLEASE RESPOND!!!
There is an online form on the website on the Welcome page on this site, buts its easier to email directly to support the Woodland Trust's campaign to protect DEAD & DYING TREES from removal from their original site and not to allow them to bio degrade naturally, providing shelter and nutrients to the surround land and its creatures - the email address is :
Subject heading: Proposed TPO Exceptions - dead and dying wood.
"I fully support the Woodland Trust’s campaign to oppose the DCLG [Dept of Communities and Local Government] proposal to retain the TPO exception for dead trees and introduce a new exception for the removal of dead branches on living trees in the new regulations. If the tree was valuable in life and given a TPO how can it be valueless in death?
Unless there is a Health & Safety issue re the dead branches or trees they should be allowed to provide food and shelter for birds, bats and a host of other wildlife, crevices for insects and roosting and nesting places.
The UK Gov brought in Natural Environment and Rural Communities [NERC] Act 2006 and Planning Policy Statement 9 Biological and Geological Conservation, demonstrating that gov specifically recognises the special role of aged and veteran trees for conserving bio diversity.
Allowing the nutrients locked up in the wood to be unlocked and recycled into the ground where they stand, is vital to the health of the surrounding eco culture.
Even for less important trees the new tree work standard BS 3998 recognises the value of deadwood and NO LONGER RECOMMENDS ITS REMOVAL AS GOOD PRACTICE!
Inclusion of these exceptions undermines local authorities who have made TPOs, on trees which have immense historical and heritage value – why should they lose the protection they had alive just because they are dying or dead?
As long as they are managed and safe, leave them to bio degrade and enrich our countryside and lives as their legacy"
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU GET ANY REPLIES OR NEED MORE INFO
EXAMPLE letter but if you need inspiration, gaze for a while at the ancient tree above this topic!
CAMPAIGN TO SAVE OUR ANCIENT WOODLANDS -
FORESTRY COMMISSION SELLING OFF - NEW COALITION GOV POLICY!
See our queries sent 08 Dec 2010 For the attention of DEFRA - Lord Henley, Caroline Spellman MP, Jim Paice MP, Richard Benyon MP &
The Forestry Commission
and the reply received 13 Dec 2010 from DEFRA
[Dept Environment, Food & Rural Affairs]
"The Community Woodland Network has been set up by the Woodland Trust to support woodland groups throughout the country with their invaluable work in managing and conserving woodland. The Network is always keen to hear from and support new groups" - "Many groups have taken this action so it is possible!!" say The Woodland Trust," this may be the answer to proposed sell off of Foresty Commission forests?
LEARN HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR TREES, CHECK OUT THE ADVICE FROM THE NATIONAL TREE SAFETY GROUP - info for private owners is to be updated so keep checking the website