To: Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning

Help Us Save Our Special Trees

Help Us Save Our Special Trees

Amend existing legislation to make public display of planning permission notices a compulsory part of the planning process for applications to carry out work on trees with Tree Protection Orders and in Local Conservation Areas.

Why is this important?

I believe that the public display of planning permission notices should be a compulsory part of the planning process for applications to carry out work on trees with Tree Protection Orders and in Local Conservation Areas.

At the moment there is no 'requirement' to display such public notices. This means that the first local people know of work to these special trees is when the work actually starts. This is likely to be long after the window of opportunity for comment as part of the planning process has passed.

I became aware of this issue recently when I was looking on our local planning authority website after hearing a rumour of tree work in our local park. It was only then that I found out that one of the trees to be felled was a much loved local Oak. The park is in a Conservation Area.

I felt devastated that it was already too late to have any input into the application. I hadn't known to look on the planning website beforehand to check on tree work as I had assumed any notices would be posted nearby as with other types of planning application.

I tried everything I could think of to save the tree but all to no avail.

I doesn't seem right to me that trees with supposedly protected status have so little protection in practice and I feel that others will also be shocked to learn that permission can be given to fell these special trees without consulting or even informing local people at all.

Please sign my petition to help protect our special trees for future generations and wildlife to enjoy.


Reasons for signing

  • Trees are under threat throughout the nation. Many of them are healthy and often the reason for felling is for the profits of multinational companies.
  • Our trees need protecting. Too many healthy trees are cut down unnecessarily.
  • Trees are under threat throughout the nation. Many of them are healthy and often the reason for felling is for the profits of multinational companies. They need all the protection we can give them.

Updates

2017-04-13 18:45:34 +0100

As stated below we have just passed the wonderful milestone of 500 signatures! This is truly amazing just a couple of months after I started this petition with just 3 signatures! It also marks the half way point to the minimum number I would ideally like to achieve before considering submitting it. So well done and many, many thanks to everyone who has helped us to get this far. So 'onwards and upwards' as they say. Please keep signing and sharing and together, I believe, we will get there!

2017-04-12 18:47:02 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-04-04 20:55:19 +0100

We have just passed the milestone of 400 signatures! Well done everyone. Thank you all so much for your support and for your lovely, thoughtful comments (above) . Please keep signing and sharing and at this rate we should reach 500 signatures in no time at all!

2017-03-23 19:39:40 +0000

Today we have just passed our new milestone of 300 signatures. Thank you to everyone for your hard work signing and sharing with your friends and families. It would be impossible to do this without you!

2017-03-11 15:50:20 +0000

We have just passed the milestone of 200 signatures which is wonderful. Thank you everyone. Please keep signing and sharing and together we will have a real chance of enabling communities throughout Britain to stand up for the trees we all love. Thank you.

2017-03-01 08:25:47 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-02-23 05:57:21 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-02-17 21:40:03 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-02-08 23:49:12 +0000

10 signatures reached