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Local Nature Reserves, Landscapes and Trees

Sedgemoor District Council has an important role in protecting the district's natural assets through a wide range of activities.

Ash trees - Important Information

If you consider that your Ash tree is suffering from Ash dieback, please follow the guidance below.

The Forestry Commission/DEFRA have a dedicated helpline to receive all public reports of Ash Dieback sightings:

Helpline: 0845 933 5577

If you wish to e-mail details, please include your name and address, location of the tree and if possible photographs of the tree (this will help the forestry commission to get a quicker diagnosis). E-mail:

The Forestry Commission has all the details relating to symptoms on their website

Acute Oak Decline - Information

This condition can kill a tree in as little as four or five years. It has been found affecting hundreds of trees across central and south-east England and parts of Wales, Symptoms include dark fluid bleeding from splits in the bark on tree trunks, and as affected trees approach death there is a notable deterioration of the canopy, or tree tops, and 'dieback' of the branches

The Forestry Commission has information relating to Acute oak decline including area of outbreak, symptoms, advice and guidance and reporting suspected cases on their website

  • Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve

    Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve (LNR) lies within the much larger Berrow Dunes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It borders the Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve which was designated under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland habitat of international importance and special protection area. The sand dune systems as found within the LNR are rare, both on a national and local scale and contain a wide variety of coastal habitats which support a diverse range of flora and fauna.

  • Grounds maintenance

    Clean Surroundings section of Sedgemoor District Council is responsible for cutting the grass on land owned or managed by Sedgemoor District Council and highway verges owned by Somerset County Council. We also carry out tree and hedge pruning, and shrub and flowerbed maintenance.

  • Hedgerow regulations and application forms for hedgerow removal

    The current Hedgerow Regulations came into force on 1st June 1997. Find out how these regulations affect your rights in respect of hedgerow removal.

  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) and application forms

    This page provides general information in respect of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) including the process in which they are served and the implications of owning a protected tree.

  • Trees in conservation areas and application forms

    What is a conservation area?

  • Trees on development sites

    Trees and hedgerows are important for their intrinsic beauty, their contribution to the landscape or towns cape, screening eyesores or softening the appearance of new development and their value for wildlife.

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