Trees

If you're planning a development close to trees, or plan to carry out tree work, make contact with the tree owner before you start any work.

Trees and the law

If you're planning a development close to trees, or plan to carry out tree work, make contact with the tree owner before you start any work.

For information about trees on Stirling Council land, or trees blocking roads or footpaths, contact us.

For Information on protected trees, and trees and woodland in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, email planning@lochlomond-trossachs.org or visit their website.

For planning and environmental issues associated with the Stirling and Clackmannanshire Forestry and Woodland Strategy, contact Stirling Council.

Felling permission from Scottish Forestry

Generally, no action is needed to carry out work on trees which are not protected. If more than 5 cubic meters ( 2 large mature trees) is to be felled, you'll need felling permission from Scottish Forestry. Trees in gardens, orchards, churchyards or designated open spaces are exempt from felling permission.

Visit the Scottish Forestry website to apply for felling permission.

Tree owners' responsibilities

Owners have the same duty of care for unprotected trees as they do for protected ones. It's important that trees are regularly inspected and maintained so they remain healthy and safe.

Resources

Guidance for tree owners from the National Tree Safety Group

Specialist arboriculture advice from the Arboricultural Association

Tree surgeon information from the Institute of Chartered Foresters

Reporting unauthorised activity

If you have any concerns that potentially unauthorised tree works are in progress contact us or call 01786 404040.

Find information about protected species in Scotland at the NatureScot website

You can report wildlife crime to Police Scotland’s wildlife crime liaison officer.

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