Trees and Hedges

We are working hard to review and adapt our processes as we transition into a new way of working brought about by the circumstances surrounding the current Coronavirus outbreak. These relate to our delegated powers regarding planning decisions and associated arrangements for Planning Committees. We are not yet in a position to provide you with a definitive illustration of these arrangements but are working hard to arrive at that point. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

The borough of Ashford has a great variety of trees and hedges, from splendid specimen trees to large tracts of woodland and hedge bounded fields - this makes for a rich landscape. Within this landscape are many trees, parklands, woodlands and hedges that are protected under statutory legislation and works to trees or hedges may need permission before they are undertaken. The information in this section will help anyone proposing to undertake works to trees or hedges to determine if they require permission.

In addition, Ashford Borough Council own many trees in public areas, find out more in our Tree Management section.        


Trees may be protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and also Trees in Conservation Areas.

Applications for works to protected trees should be submitted to us. To find out more details visit our Tree Preservation Order page or visit our Trees in Conservation area page.

If you need general advice about the health, care and maintenance of a tree in your ownership or within the borough, you will need to consult with a tree surgeon. The Arboricultural Association website has a list of approved contractors that cover the whole of the UK. 


Works to woodland trees may need a felling licence and further information is available from the Forestry Commission. Please note that many woodlands are protected by TPOs, you can check this by using our interactive maps (please note that some of our maps won't work in Google Chrome).


Most agricultural and countryside hedges are protected from removal, for further information please visit Hedgerow Regulations.

High Hedges

Disputes involving high hedges have a clear process and more details can be found under our High Hedges section.