In order to help protect trees, woodlands and forests in the South West, a felling licence from the Forestry Commission is normally required to fell trees. It is an offence to fell trees without a licence if an exemption does not apply. Also, since April 2007, changes to Habitat Regulations have meant that there is more legal protection afforded to European Protected Species wherever they might occur in England and therefore has implications on the way in which forestry operations are carried out.
For full details on how to go about applying for a felling licence from the Forestry Commission and information on exemptions and penalties, please see our main Felling Licences section.
If you would like to discuss your felling licence application and receive informed advice and guidance, please contact one of our Woodland Officers who will be more than happy to help.