Based in Ewhurst and Cranleigh, LJN Ltd is a company of dedicated tree surgeons with generations of shared experience, undertaking such tasks as stump grinding, woodland management, planting, tree and stump removals, and a wide range of other tree surgery services. We are passionate about what we do and always aim to deliver on 100% customer satisfaction with every project we undertake.
That is why we go the extra mile to ensure that our customers in areas like Godalming have the necessary permission to carry out certain tree surgery tasks in their local area. Sadly, ignorance of the proper legislation is no defence. Carrying out work on a protected tree may still land you with a hefty fine of around £20,000 or even result in prosecution.
A collection of trees in a certain area and, occasionally, individual specimens may fall under the protection of the Town and Country Planning Act or the Forestry Act.
In both cases, carrying out tree surgery tasks such as site clearance, stump removals by hand or stump grinding machinery and a range of other tree works, may require permission from the local authority in Godalming.
This page provides more information that may help you steer clear of trouble.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
The Local Planning Authorities (LPA) administer TPOs for the protection of established specimens or trees of value in the area. If a tree on your property has a TPO, this does not mean that the local council of Godalming is responsible for the tree’s condition or any damage that it may cause. Instead it ensures that the specimen remains within the landscape and puts a halt to unnecessary tree surgery projects.
Our company can check for TPOs and, if necessary, apply for permission on your behalf to undertake certain tree works.
It is worth noting that TPOs only protect trees, and therefore using stump grinding machinery to perform stump removals on fallen or previously felled trees is not an offence. The same goes for clearing vegetation, shrubbery and hedging during site clearance works.
If you live in a conservation area around Godalming and want to carry out tree work such as site clearances, tree felling and subsequent tree and stump removals, you will need to notify the LPA six weeks in advance. Failing to notify the LPA is an offence but, thankfully, LJN Ltd can do so on your behalf, for your peace of mind.
While some trees within a conservation area may be exempt from this stipulation, it is always worth letting professional tree surgeons like us check for you.
While most covenants in Godalming will relate to the height of boundary fencing and hedging, or running a business from your home, others may prevent certain types of tree work, such as removing trees and hedges. However, they do not affect small-scale garden site clearances or stump removals using stump grinding machinery.
If a covenant protects a tree which, for whatever reason, is in danger of causing personal injury or property damage, LJN Ltd will do whatever we can to reduce the risk of harm without breaking the covenant.
Thanks to our wealth of knowledge and experience, we are aware of the restrictions and legislation that prohibits unlawful tree work. As such, we are always careful to ensure our company and clients avoid legal action.