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Trees: information and advice

Trees in Renfrewshire - Policy and Advice

Trees and woodlands contribute greatly to amenity and the quality of place. They benefit biodiversity and have a pivotal role in mitigating the effects of the climate crisis. Trees and woodlands make Renfrewshire a healthier, more attractive place to live and have a vital role to play in the setting, appearance and quality of Renfrewshire's environment.

The aim is to protect and maintain existing trees across Renfrewshire as well as outline the importance of active management of existing trees along with ensuring the appropriate provision for the planting and preservation of trees on new development sites. The Planning & Development Tree Policy in the Related Documents section provides up to date advice on the following areas:

  • Works to Council owned trees;
  • Protected trees in conservation areas and trees covered by tree preservation orders;
  • High hedges;
  • Council powers in relation to privately owned trees;
  • Householders common law rights for trees;
  • Trees overhanging roads and footways;
  • Trees in gardens of Council houses;
  • Trees affected by development sites.

Tree preservation orders

A planning authority may make a tree preservation order if it appears to them to be:

  • Required in the interests of amenity; and/or
  • that a tree, group of trees or woodlands are of significance to the overall area.

If you would like to request a tree / trees to be considered for a tree preservation order please complete the form which can be found on the 'Related Document' column on the right hand side of this webpage and please submit the completed form to dc@renfrewshire.gov.uk

If you want to carry out work on any tree, or trees, covered by TPO you must make an application to the council.  To do this please use the ePlanning portal link under the Related Links Section on this page. 

Trees in conservation areas

Conservation Areas are places considered to be of architectural or historical interest. It is the character and/or appearance of these areas which is desirable to preserve and where possible enhance.

Trees in conservation areas are protected and subject to TPO controls.

There are eight conservation areas in Renfrewshire and information on these is provided on the Listed buildings and Conservation Areas page.

If you want to carry out work on a tree in a conservation area, please email dc@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

It is an offence to carry out the work to trees in conservation areas without the Council's consent.

High Hedges

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 came into force on 1 April, 2014. 

The purpose of the legislation is to consider issues in relation to high hedges which interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of domestic property and where the issue has not been able to be resolved amicably between neighbours.

The legislation gives home owners and occupiers a right to apply for a high hedge notice and gives the Council the authority to make and enforce decisions in relation to high hedges.

National guidance can be accessed at the Scottish Government website.

A High Hedges Application form is available from the ePlanning Scotland website. 

After receipt of your proposal and after verification against the requirements of the legislation that the application is competent, we will advise you of the appropriate fee required for assessing the High Hedge application.

Trees & Development

In considering proposals for new development Renfrewshire Council will make appropriate provision for the planting and preservation of trees.

Planning applications must be accompanied by sufficient information to allow the Council to accurately assess the trees affected by the proposals. The amount and type of information will vary on the type of application and should be discussed with the Council at as early a stage as possible. Please read our Planning & Development Tree Policy in the Related Documents section.