Tree management and protection

If you have trees in your garden that are causing problems, or need works carried out on them to keep them in sound condition, then we may be able to offer free advice.

Trees throughout the City may be protected from pruning and/or felling.

To find out whether trees are protected, or to discuss how to apply for permission if they are protected, please contact us using the details below.

Trees throughout the city may be protected from pruning and/or felling.

This may be either because they have a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) placed on them; they may be located in a designated Conservation Area; or planning conditions may have been added to a planning permission to safeguard them from development.

A TPO is used to protect existing trees or woodland in the interest of amenity because the Council considers they contribute to the area. It means you are not allowed to lop or prune a tree with a TPO unless you have obtained permission from the Council. A TPO can cover either individual trees, groups of trees and woodland. 

An application for permission to carry out works on protected trees will be required before any work is carried out. To find out whether trees are protected, or to discuss how to apply for permission, please contact us.

Some large planting proposals outside of private gardens may be eligible for grants from bodies such as the Forestry Commission and we will be pleased to provide contact details.

It is an offence under The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act to do work to or damage a protected tree without the Council's consent. Offences are reported to Procurator Fiscal and if a protected tree is damaged and/or destroyed without the Council's permission, the owner or person carrying out the work may be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000 per tree. A replacement tree or trees will also have to be planted.


Environmental Policy Team
Planning and Sustainable Development
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 4
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB
01224 522440

Or contact Environmental Services on 03000 200 292

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