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All the protected trees in Plymouth facing the chop

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Plymouth has been thrust into the spotlight this week after the Armada Way trees were hacked down in the dead of night. Under the cover of darkness - just hours after the council had signed off on the revamp of the city centre, contractors took their chainsaws to the trees.

The tree-felling was stopped at about 1am on Wednesday, March 15, when Straw served a court injunction on the council. About 110 of 129 threatened trees had been removed by this time.

It comes as Plymouth City Council has felled more than 1,000 trees since 2010, but has planted almost eight times that number, a Freedom of Information request submitted by PlymouthLive has revealed.

The revelation comes after the council controversially bulldozed 110 trees in the city centre this week, which has sparked outrage both locally and nationally.While the work did not require planning permission to be carried out, that is not the case for all greenery in and around Plymouth.

If you wish to prune or fell a tree on your property you may require planning permission, depending on whether your tree is protected by either a Tree Preservation Order or a conservation area.Many trees are protected by Tree Preservation orders (TPO) which means that, in general, you need the council's consent to prune or fell them. In addition, there are controls over many other trees in conservation areas.

A whole raft of applications are still awaiting decisions by Plymouth City Council planners as to if works to pollard, cut down and fell trees in the city.

Below is the full list of applications yet to be determined, as well as all the applications determined so far in 2023.


· The pollarding of 3x Lime (T1, T2, T3) in the side garden to the East of the property, down to a height of approximately 8m from ground level, which would be in keeping with the trees in the neighbouring property - 7 Mannamead Avenue Plymouth PL3 4SP - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RR92LVMMGVZ00&activeTab=summary

· The dismantling of one dead oak tree (T1) on edge of driveway down to ground level and the crown reduction of one pine tree (T2) that overhangs the driveway. The crown reduction of one beech tree (T3) by 3m - located next to the house on the boundary. The crown reduction of one yew tree (T4) in the middle of the rear garden, by 1-1.5m all over. The cutting down of birch tree (T5) in corner of rear boundary to below hedge height. The crown reduction of three beech trees (T6, T7, T8) next to the house, by 6m - 27 Furzehatt Road Plymouth PL9 8QX - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RR7GBTMMGVD00&activeTab=summary

· 3x Apple - To be removed. The trees are not visible to the public and are growing against the south facing garden wall - boundary with Thorn Park. Ornamental Maple - To be removed - 97 Mannamead Road Plymouth PL3 4SX - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RQXTQSMM04Q00&activeTab=summary

· Holm Oak (T1) - Reduce eastern side of the canopy by approximately 1.5 - 2m to match western side in order to balance the crown, crown raise laterals all round to achieve a clearance of approximately 5m from ground level. Oak (T2) - Target prune laterals to create a shape in keeping with neighbouring tree as shown on attached photo, remove epicormic growth from the stem up to crown break - 4C Coach House Mews Plymouth PL9 8FS - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RQVSUEMMGQR00&activeTab=summary

· Ash (T1) - Re-pollard, reduce height by 2.5m, back to previous pruning points, leaving a finish height of 4m approximately. Tree is encroaching on cables over head - 7A St James Place East Plymouth PL1 3AS - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RQGZK8MMGM500&activeTab=summary

· Cherry (T1) - Fell to ground level due to signs of weak unions/included bark at the base of the tree protentional causing the majority of the crown overhanging the parking area and neighbouring property to fail. Conifer (T2) - Fell to ground level - Flat 1, 7 Wyndham Square Plymouth PL1 5EF - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RQF4U2MMGLF00&activeTab=summary

· Mature Beech (T1) - Fell. This tree has a large cavity within the base. There is also a large section of decay on the buttress and due to the significant lean towards the school and road I have advised that this tree should be removed. Please see attached photos showing the cavity and decay - 9 Esthwaite Lane Plymouth PL6 5FQ - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RQF4T0MMGLC00&activeTab=summary

· Condition Discharge: Conditions 12 (Landscape) & 23 (Trees) of application 14/01264/FUL - Crescent Point The Crescent Plymouth - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RQ2SG9MMGHO00&activeTab=summary

· Line of 5 holm oaks on southern curtilage, along Thornhill Road. Reduce spread over road by 3-4 metres, increase clearance over footway by 0.8m, reduce spread on garden side of the holm oaks by maximum 2 metres, thin by 10%, removal of crossed branches, reducing height to previous cutpoints from the works done after my last approved tree works application (by 3 metres approx.). In addition there is a dead holly which will be removed (location- within line of holm oaks, towards their western end. There is also a diseased pittosporum at the easter end of the line holm oaks- I'll get the diseased branches removed - 40 Vapron Road Plymouth PL3 5NN - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPYGUIMMGFO00&activeTab=summary

· Leyland Cypress (H1) - Hedge to trim sides as much as possibly without damaging side growth, reduce in height by approx. 3m in order to formalise hedge. Cherry (T2) - Fell to near ground level as tree is dead. Ash (T3) - Reduce to monolith at approx. 4-5m carve bird box in main trunk as tree is almost dead from Ash Dieback Disease. 2x Ash (G4) - Fell due to Ash Dieback Disease. Lime (T5) - Stump to dismantle in sections to near ground level due to significant basal decay from Kretzschmaria deusta. Lime (T6) - Stump to dismantle in sections to near ground level due to significant basal decay from Ganoderma spp. Ash (T7) - Reduce to standing deadwood monolith at approx. 2-3m from ground level due to Ash dieback disease - Plymouth Garden Centre Fort Austin Avenue Plymouth PL6 5NU - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPWRPEMMGF800&activeTab=summary

· Cedar (Tree A) - To be felled. This tree is leaning downwind of the prevailing south-westerlies. The earth on the upwind side is starting to bulge upwards, possibly indicating that the root ball is moving. There is evidence of rot and splitting to the trunk at ground level - 29 Caradon Close Plymouth PL6 6AJ- https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPVGJRMMGEB00&activeTab=summary

· Ash (G1) - Fell due to Ash die back, and close proximity to the property. clear all Ash trees that sit withing first 10m leaving other species. Ash (G2) - Reduce/ pollard to first major unions by up to 6-10m 50% due to ash Die back, and fell any dead or trees beyond 75% foliage loss. trying to retain some trees in this area. keeping all other Species - Foxwood, 4 Staddiscombe Park Plymouth PL9 9LT - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPTARDMMGD800&activeTab=summary

· Beech (G1) - Crown lift of trees secondary growth that's low hanging over the drive, lift up to 7m aprox, cutting branches back to the stem, all cutting in accordance with BS3998- 11 Powisland Drive Plymouth PL6 6AA - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPTGC8MMGDG00&activeTab=summary

· Holm Oak (T1) - Reduce lateral growth on West side of tree over property by 1-2m to suitable growth points. To crown lift tree on West side over property to give 1-2m clearance - Flat 3, 7 Osborne Villas Osborne Road Plymouth PL3 4BS - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPRG24MMGCA00&activeTab=summary

· 3x Oak (G1) - Reduce by 50% as 1 has a defect cavity at the base. 4x Sweet Chestnut (G2) - 2 of these stems are dead leaving the other 2 susceptible to damage therefore I recommend to reduce the whole group of 4 stems by6 metres approximately 50%. Silver Birch (T1) - Tree is close to the property and stands alone isolated and would be better removed for the management of the woodland - 64A Glenfield Road Plymouth PL6 7LN - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPP7IRMMGBC00&activeTab=summary

· Sweet Chestnut (T1) - Remove lowest 3 branches over lawn area, prune back lower laterals in order to allow more light and space in garden. Sweet Chestnut (T2) - Crown raise to height of 3m and prune back lower laterals over garden area to allow light and space into garden and reduce height of tree by 4-5m to leave a compact crown and reduction is to remove isolated top - 7 Blue Haze Close Plymouth PL6 7HR - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPP7IGMMGBA00&activeTab=summary

· Cupressus Macrocarpa (T1) - Reduce height by 2.5m, reduce limbs growing on the western side by 2.5m to stop encroachment on adjacent buildings and crown lift to a height of 5m but only removing limbs up to 3'' in diameter in order to allow more light into the forest school area below. Leylandaii (T2) - Remove in order to prevent the risk of falling branches onto the footpath below and to improve the amenity value of the Church grounds and to make a feature tree of the Macrocarpa. Ash (T3) - Remove major deadwood - Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Chapel 70 Stott Close Plymouth PL3 6HA - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RP6OSBMMG4700&activeTab=summary

· Sorbus Aria (T1) - Fell tree due to worsening decay fungus affecting structural condition. Tree has been marked pink for ease of identification. Cotoneaster Frigidus (T2) - Pollard to 3m from ground level - Phellinus pomaceus (decay fungus) becoming extensive throughout crown and subordinate branches - 1 Edgcumbe House Union Street Plymouth PL1 3HD- https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RP3J0GMMG3200&activeTab=summary

· Beech (T1) - Reduce up to 3m or to the nearest suitable pruning points to bring the branches away from BT lines on the north and south side of the tree. Conifer (T2) - Remove. Hedgerow (T3) - Remove any dead or dying trees in the remainder of the hedgerow and trim and reduce the remainder of the hedge to allow ongoing yearly maintenance - Lismore, Fernleigh Road Plymouth PL3 5AN - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RL4E5TMMML000&activeTab=summary

· Fell one Oak tree - 36 Deveron Close Plymouth PL7 2YF - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=ZZZZRHMMXE702&activeTab=summary


· To undertake tree work as per 1 year priority on page 6 of provided report - 2 Yardley Gardens Plymouth PL6 8UA - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPGHOTMMG7O00&activeTab=summary - WITHDRAWN

· Maple (T1) - Crown reduction, reduce upper height by 3.5-4m, lateral growth on east and West sides by 2.5-3m, lower Branch on south side, remove, cut back to stem. decay present, reducing wind loading to sustain tree for future - 5 Collingwood Villas Collingwood Road Plymouth PL1 5NZ - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RPC8V1MMG5Q00&activeTab=summary APPROVED

· Hazel Hedge (G1) including 2x Ash - Fell both Ash trees as showing signs of dieback and reduce hazel hedge to a height of 2.5-3m high. Douglas Fir (T1) - Fell. Douglas Fir (T2) - Fell - 2 Cann Cottages Tamerton Foliot Road Plymouth PL5 4LE - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=ROKJKPMMFZG00&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

· Lime (T1) - Re-pollard 7m from ground level, the tree has been managed at this height previously and the work should be repeated on cyclic bases in line with industry best practice. Holm Oak (T20 - Raise crown to give a 4.5m ground clearance over the car park and 5.5m ground clearance over the rear access lane, low branches are interfering with vehicle use of the parking area and larger vehicles using the access lane such as refuse collection - 42 Milehouse Road Plymouth PL3 4DA- https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=ROBFSRMMFWZ00&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

· Oak (T1) - Crown reduce by 1-2m. Tree was previously reduced on house side but road side was left so needs light reduction to balance. Works in order to balance tree and leave a pleasing shape - 37 Holtwood Road Plymouth PL6 7HU - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RO03HJMMFR900&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

· Horse Chestnut (T1) - Reduce height by 5-7 m to reduce the sail of the tree because of weak unions, fungus at the base and an exclusion in the upper crown of the tree Common Beech (T2) - Crown raise by removing lower branches to create more light and air movement under the tree and around the house. Scots Pine (T3) - Remove all major deadwood - 109A Church Road Plymstock Plymouth PL9 9AX - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RNYT0AMM00600&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

· Tree opposite 76 Reddicliff Close, located behind garages. Reduce height of tree which is growing onto the neighbours roof and onto the garage roof and remove some branches which are growing towards parking bay - 76 Reddicliff Close Plymouth PL9 9QJ- https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RNPLQUMMFOR00&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

· Trees to be felled as they are creating a danger to the neighbouring property as well as potentially to the listed wall within a few metres - 57 Craigie Drive Plymouth PL1 3JB - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RM2KQVMMMW200&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

· Bus shelter on Mount Gould Road/St Simons Lane - Crown lift all trees to achieve a clearance of 2.4m over footpath. Cherry - Prune away from adjacent property to achieve a clearance of 2m minimum. Oak - Prune away from property No86 to achieve a clearance of 2m. Poplar - Remove lowest branch that laterally grows over footpath towards church. Sycamores - Remove self set group that are in close proximity to boundary wall between poplar tree and mature lime tree at bottom of lane. Lime - Crown lift to achieve a height of 5.4m above ground level to give necessary clearance. Poplar - Crown lift over roof of adjacent building to achieve 3m clearance. Silver Maple - Remove lowest branch that grows over fence into garden area, prune back to upright and leave branch that grows the other side of the fence. Field Maple - Crown lift over footpath to achieve a clearance of 2.4 from ground level and remove epicormic growth that is growing towards building. Sycamores - Remove self set sycamore trees that are growing in close proximity to stone wall and growing over footpath, fell any dead trees within the same area and remove any self set sycamores growing close to the outbuilding. Sumac - Prune away from building and roof to achieve a clearance of 5m maximum - Mount Gould Hospital Mount Gould Road Plymouth PL4 7QD- https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RLC70XMMMNR00&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

· Oak (T1) - Crown raise the lower branches up to 6m to take them away from buildings on the north side of the tree and carry out dead wooding. Oak (T2) - Remove 1 lower branch that hangs down at 5M on the south facing side of the tree and carry out dead wooding. - Widewell House, Widewell Lane Plymouth PL6 7HN - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RL3BDDMMMKQ00&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

· T1 Oak, Vertical crown height reduction by by 3m, cutting no greater than 75mm diameter, lateral reduction by 2.5m reduction on all sides, cutting no greater than 75mm diameter to NGP and all to BS3998 T2 Oak Fell due to Basal decay (tree is in close proximity to other homes should it fail it will hit people and houses) - 133 Holmwood Avenue Plymouth PL9 9EZ - https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=RKEURUMMMCD00&activeTab=summary - APPROVED

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