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Disruptions due to driver shortages

We are experiencing disruption to some waste and recycling collection services due to driver shortages.

Landscape, Trees and Hedges

Apply to work on a Protected Tree

If you need to carry out works to a protected tree, you can apply online here.

Ash Dieback Disease

Find more information about Ash Dieback, including where you can get further advice and your responsibilities for any trees on your land.

Tree Maintenance

Find out about tree ownership and who maintains them.

Hedges in the Countryside

Hedgerows are protected by law. If you wish to remove one in the countryside you must apply to the Council.

Nuisance Hedges in Towns and Villages

What the council can do about hedge and tree disputes.

Landscape Character Assessment

A Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) has been prepared for South Hams and West Devon in 2018 and replaces the earlier assessments produced in 2007 and 2008.

Protected Trees

The Council has a duty to protect trees that have significant public amenity value. There are five types of tree protection.

Tree Preservation Orders

Protecting trees, copses and woodlands by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) served and enforced by the Council.

Request for a Tree Preservation Order

If you wish to ask the Council to consider serving a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) please use this form.

Trees on Development Sites

There is a clear and well-established process for protecting trees in relation to new development.

Climate Change

West Devon Borough Council has declared a Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency. Find out more here.

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