Trees and Hedges

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 is 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 and also Trees in Conservation Areas.


Works to woodland trees may need felling licence and further information is available from the Forestry Commission. Please note that many woodlands are protected by TPO's, 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.