Ask the arborist: can I fell my tree?

Is it okay to fell a tree with 5 days notice?

Edward Heinrich is an arborist based in Solihull where he runs the practice Umberslade Arboriculture.

The residents of Solihull often ask him questions, and each month, Ed shares some of these with us, and the answers.

Q: I have been told that my tree, which is subject to a Tree Preservation Order, is unsafe, and that if I give 5 days’ notice to fell, I can proceed to have it cut down. Is that true?

A: If the tree is unsafe and likely to fall at any moment, then giving 5 days’ notice is an option.  However, the burden of proof is on you to demonstrate this.  You are advised to get a professional opinion in writing first..

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