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veryone who uses the countryside will sooner or later come across a tree - or around our way they will, anyway. Trees and woods are of particular landscape and conservation importance both in the countryside and in the town, and accordingly they have a number of special laws and regulations. If you intend to fell a tree, or if you want to try to stop someone felling a tree, you need to know the law, as it can be quite complex. As usual, Naturenet will step forward. Read on for our guide.
Tree law and regulations
Trees, boundaries and highways.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).
Trees in Conservation Areas.
Update on new High Hedges law.
Advice and information about trees and tree surgery
consultants and contractors:
our guide to who to choose, and why.
Trees in gardens.
New trees: the right tree in the right place.
How high are hedges and trees allowed to grow?
More about trees: books, contact information and organisations to help you find out more about arboriculture and good tree working practice.
Trees and development sites: a guide to best practice.
Why trees are important: a personal view by Rowan Adams.
Tree Terms: a website with definitions of a lot of terms you will come across when dealing with trees and arboriculture.
Ask an arborist: post your tree care questions there and a team of UK arborists will try to point you in the right direction... some very good advice available free - you'd normally pay good money for this.
The Native Tree Shop: a service from the Woodland Trust selling native trees online. Tthese are regionally indigenous too, following FC provenance guidelines. Very good.
The-Tree: a huge website with a vast store of well-researched information about British tree lore, species, uses of wood, tree cultivation, stories, mythology and no end of other stuff. Look out for the wonderful guide to the best firewood, and the British trees gallery.
Why Topping Hurts Trees: has some cowboy suggested that your trees should be topped? If so, you need to read this.
Ancient Tree Forum: good place to start for info on UK old trees and veteran trees.
The Woodland Trust Briefings Page: a great resource which gives good background info (although not always up to date) on a whole range of tree and woodland facts as well as stating the Woodland trust viewpoint. Includes pages on Ancient Woodland, seed provenance, translocation, and much more.
British Trees: a major site well worth visiting.
The Wesspur Tree Information and Reference Guide: particularly recommended for US readers, lots of tree-related stuff which would be good for students.
The Forestry Commission.
The Tree Shop: trees for sale online, and some planting and silviculture advice.
Rhododendron: a killer of the countryside.
Coppice Association North West.
National Orchard Forum: umbrella organization for orchard groups throughout the UK, promoting traditional orchards.
The Effect of Trees on Television Reception: BBC information page.
Community Forest Programme: if you want to know about urban forestry and community woodlands in the UK here's a good place to start.
The Arboricultural Information Exchange: more useful and comprehensible than it sounds.
International Tree Foundation: UK based charity to do with planting trees. You can sponsor trees all over the place through them.
Woodlots: putting wood users in touch with producers also worth reading if you want to buy or sell a small woodland, or small or specialist timber or woodland related produce, tools or services. Good coverage across the UK.
UK Tree care mailing list.