Trees in West Lulworth "Trees, hedges and street greenery are a vital element of many conservation areas, not only in public places, but on private land as well".

A significant part of West Lulworth is within the conservation area. In this area, all trees are protected in law.

If you intend to do tree works, Purbeck District Council requires you to submit a formal notification. There is no charge to apply. This applies to all trees, including fruit trees.

You can find out more here:
http://www.dorsetforyou.com/treesandhedgerows/purbeck1churchyard 440

Once you submit the form, Purbeck may either object and make a Tree Preservation Order, or raise no objection. This will take between 6 and 8 weeks to complete. There are some exceptions to the requirement to follow this process: The removal of dead trees, deadwood, broken branches and ivy for example. PDC require written notice of your intention in these cases and 5 working days to respond. If you receive no reply within that time, you can carry out the work.

No work may be undertaken without first notifying the District Council. Please ask if you are in any doubt.

You can contact the Tree Officer for Purbeck District Council by phone: 01929 557344. or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There appears to be one exception. You do not need to give notice if you want to work on trees less than 75mm in diameter, measured 1.5 metres above the ground, (or 100mm if thinning to help the growth of other trees). It might be an idea to have a look round your garden and see if you can save yourself a future headache.

"The contribution made by greenery and green spaces is a valuable asset to any area, especially areas that are inhabited by people"

Dave Knight, West Lulworth Parish Council