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Powys County Council develops preserved tree web app


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Powys County Council has developed a web application to help residents and developers identify which trees in a neighbourhood are protected.

It provides details of those covered by a preservation order, or which are in a conservation area, and cannot be felled, cut back or damaged without first getting permissions.

The portal - which provides a digital map with a geographical search function - has been created by Powys’ digital development team and planning services as part of its Digital Powys Transformation Programme.

The council said that thousands of trees within its area are covered by preservation orders or in a conservation area. This includes those in Bron y Buckley Wood, which is managed by the Woodland Trust.

Powys’ head of planning and regulatory services, Gwilym Davies, said: “We are keen to make sure that our stunning natural environment is protected, and this new resource makes it quicker and easier for people to check which trees are protected and which are not.

“Trees are an important part of many of our green spaces that are so vital to people’s wellbeing, and they also play a key role in the fight against climate change.”

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