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Site designations

How can site designations protect ancient trees?

Even if the tree itself is not covered by a Tree Preservation Order, it is worth investigating whether the site on which it resides has any legal protection of its own, such as a statutory designation.

For instance, any work involving trees on sites with a designated conservation status, such as a -

  • Site of Special Scientific Interest (also known as an SSSI or ASSI in Northern Ireland)
  • National Nature Reserve (NNRs)
  • Special Area of Conservation (SAC) – a European designation
  • Special Area of Protection - a European designation specifically designed to protect birds

- will require prior approval from the relevant agency.

In addition, if the work affects a Scheduled Ancient Monument, advice should be sought from English Heritage, CADW in Wales, Historic Scotland or the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland.