Landscape, Trees and Hedgerows

Landscape, Trees and Hedgerows


Dartmoor National Park is recognised as one of the UK's finest landscapes long celebrated for its rejuvenating and inspiring qualities.

When preparing a planning application in the National Park considering a proposal's impact on the landscape is vital and can often make the difference between approval and refusal. In the landscape section you can learn about Dartmoor's landscape and how we identify and protect important landscape features.

Find out more about Dartmoor's unique landscape.

Tree and Hedgerow Procedures

Please see the Tree and Hedgerow Procedures document for all details of :

  • Tree Works
  • Works to  Dead / Dangerous Protected Trees
  • Advice on Tree Management
  • Commenting on a Planning Application which may impact on trees
  • New TPO
  • Trees that impact on a public highway or public footpath
  • Privately owned trees
  • Legal right to prune overhanging branches
  • Trees and overhead utilities
  • The Hedgerows Regulations 1997


Trees make an important contribution to the National Park, its landscapes and settlements. Trees can be protected from harmful works or development during the planning application process or directly with:


Hedgerows are an important historic landscape feature which also support the National Park's biodiversity. Many of the field boundaries on Dartmoor are of historic interest and worthy of preservation in their own right.

Visit the below pages to find out about permissions needed to remove a hedgerow: