Your tree can be protected if it is covered by a Tree Preservation Order or is situated within a Conservation Area.
A tree preservation order is an order made by the Council which in general makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, willfully damage or willfully destroy a tree without the planning authority’s permission.
Any tree works can be applied for by completing the relevant application form, specifying the trees, what you want to do and why. These forms can be downloaded here:
To find out if your tree is protected you can call these numbers:
Manchester 0161 234 4516
Stockport 0161 474 4432
Trafford 0161 912 3149