Do I need the Council's permission before I cut down or prune trees?
In many cases, the Council's permission is not required. However, you should check if the tree is protected by a tree preservation order (TPO). If it is protected by a Tree Preservation Order or a condition of a planning consent, a formal application to cut it down or prune it will be required. Similarly, if the tree is within a Conservation Area, then you must give the council six weeks written notice of your intention to carry out tree works.
In addition, in certain circumstances, you may require a Felling Licence from the Forestry Commission.