Trees And The Law


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The RFS cannot offer advice on legal matters. Our page here gives a very broad overview and leads into more detailed sources of advice and information. The law in Scotland may differ from that in England & Wales.

The Arboricultural Association and Institute of Chartered Foresters have lists of their qualified members; many local authorities have tree or woodland officers on their staff. Contact them through our Links page.

The law in England and Wales is divided into Statute and Common.

Statute Law is written down in Acts of Parliament and encompasses areas of administrative, constitutional and criminal law.

Alias "Civil Law", "Case Law" and "Unwritten Law", Common Law is about dealings between individuals and is formulated by precedent or past cases.