The designation of a conservation area, of which there are currently 23 in Bexley borough, provides protection to virtually all trees within its boundary, as well as protecting the buildings.
Section 211 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 makes it an offence for anyone to carry out works to trees in a conservation area without giving the Council six weeks written notice of their intentions.
Exemptions from this requirement apply to works to trees having a stem diameter less than 75mm, measured over the bark, at a distance of 1.5m above ground level, and to trees which are dead, dying or dangerous.
People proposing to undertake works to trees located in a conservation area, that are not already protected by a Tree Preservation Order, must give the Council six weeks written notice. The notice must clearly identify the trees concerned and provide a precise description of the intended operations. Consultation with a tree surgeon before submitting the notification is recommended.
Within the six week period the tree will be inspected and the Council will decide if the works are acceptable or whether the tree should be protected under a TPO.
To find out more about tree preservation in conservation areas, use the Government Guidance.