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Tree management

  • Planning, conservation and building control

Reporting an unsafe tree, Tree Preservation Orders, Conservation Areas, Protected trees, street trees, park trees, trees on housing estates, tree planting

Report an unsafe tree

If you're reporting storm damage or are concerned that a tree may be unsafe, please contact us giving as much detail as possible including location, size of the tree and possible risks, as soon as possible.

If you have any other concerns about a tree on council land please contact us  with location details and a member of our team will investigate your concern.

Tel: 020 8359 4600
Email: parks@barnet.gov.uk

Protected trees

Trees are normally protected in one of two ways

Tree works

Formal consent is required for works to Tree Preservation Order trees and written notice of intended treeworks given for conservation area trees. You can use this application form for both types of proposed treeworks.

Guidance notes for application for tree works

How to check if trees are protected

If you want to check whether trees are protected, please email planning.enquiry@barnet.gov.uk or planningtrees@barnet.gov.uk with details of the location and type of tree. Regrettably we are unable to undertake telephone status checks.

Street trees

There are around 32,000 street trees in Barnet, one of the highest in London. All trees receive a regular health check and if necessary are pruned on a cyclical program. Each tree is recorded on the council's tree management database listing among other things, location, species, size and condition.

The oldest tree in London is the Totteridge Yew in St Andrew's church on Totteridge Lane. The tree is over 2,000 years old and is also a Great Tree of London.

Park trees

We have over 200 green spaces in Barnet, covering 848 hectares including several major woodlands. All park trees are inspected regularly and any necessary works identified and remedied. Our largest and oldest trees are often found in green spaces.

Tree planting

In the recent planting season we planted 750 new street trees supported by the council's priority fund. We also planted trees in five town centres;

  • Edgware
  • Golders Green
  • Hendon (Brent Street)
  • New Barnet
  • North Finchley

We manage our tree stock sustainably and ensure that more trees are planted than removed every year. There's a limit to the number we can plant each year and if you would like a tree planted where you live, please contact us and we will look into your request.

Trees on housing estates

Trees on council housing estates and gardens are maintained by Barnet Homes. If you have a request for tree work please contact your housing officer at Barnet Homes.



  • For trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas:
  • Re Ltd Planning Service - Trees
    Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, London N20 0EJ
  • Tel: 020 8359 3000 - including out of hours service
  • Email: planning.enquiry@barnet.gov.uk
  • For Council owned/maintained trees (streets, parks):
  • Greenspaces and Streets
    Mill Hill Depot, Bittacy Hill, London NW7 1BL
  • Tel: 020 8359 4600
  • Email: parks@barnet.gov.uk

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