Glasgow's trees are one of the City's major assets and a vital component of its urban landscape. They add colour and interest to the townscape, provide a sense of scale, soften the visual impact of the built environment, and contribute greatly to the city's character and amenity. They are a valuable wildlife habitat and benefit the environment by filtering dust, wind and noise, absorbing and diffusing heavy rainfall, contributing to urban 'cooling' and by helping to recycle harmful 'greenhouse' gases.
To recognise this importance and to prevent uncontrolled felling or tree surgery, many trees are protected under planning legislation; this is a statutory duty of the Council. Any action or development that may affect the health, appearance or survival of protected trees must be notified to the Council before work is approved to commence.
Protected trees are those located within any of the City's 24 conservation areas or are independently protected by a Tree Preservation Order. Trees may also be protected on a case by case basis if covered by specific conditions attached to planning approval for development work. Any species of tree may be protected, including hedge trees but not bushes or shrubs.
With good maintenance, management and protection of existing trees and encouragement to plant new trees, the council hopes to ensure a good quality, diverse tree cover throughout the City.
To find out if a tree is protected follow the links below: