Felling Licences & Other Consents
A felling licence is required from the Forestry Commission to fell trees, unless exemptions listed at this link apply http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-6dfkw6
It is also a legal requirement to assess trees and woodland for any European Protected Species (e.g. bats, dormice, badgers) that may be impacted upon by proposed work. An appropriate licence and ecological survey may be required.
If your woodland is a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), you will also need to apply to the relevant Natural England officer for SSSI consent prior to work starting. Equally, if the proposed work involves trees on a Scheduled Monument, prior consent is required by English Heritage.
A similar application procedure to the local authority will also be required for trees and woodlands within a Conservation Area.
For full details on felling licences, look at the Forestry Commission link. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-fellinglicences
Oakbank can prepare and submit a licence application on your behalf, along with surveying, planning, accurate measurement and marking up work within your woodlands. Please contact the office to discuss your plans.