Hello, and welcome to the website of Newlay Conservation Society. The Society is over 30 years old now and still going strong, but we’re always looking for fresh input and would love people who live in the area, or have recently moved here to get involved.

Apart from our original brief to safeguard the character of the Conservation Area, we take an interest in all matters affecting our community, for example planning issues, litter, crime prevention and anti-social behaviour; we need local residents to engage with us to create a sense of community and belonging in our lovely neighbourhood.   Our local Police Community Support Officer attends residents’ meetings to exchange information, and our concerns often extend beyond Newlay nowadays over issues such as traffic, housing and the environment.

If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch by contacting Martin Hughes either by emailing martin@catrake.co.uk, or phoning 07976 916166.

Tree Advice

Living in an area containing so many trees is lovely – but can also bring its fair share of problems when it comes to looking after them, particularly when it comes to understanding who’s responsible for what, and when permission is needed to prune or remove trees.

Fortunately, Leeds City Council have recently published a booklet giving lots of information about the rights and responsibilities that apply to trees, whether they’re on your own land or a neighbouring property, and clarifies many issues concerning who is responsible for what.

LCC Tree Guidelines


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Trees in Conservation Areas such as Newlay have a level of protection that is greater than trees elesewhere. In many cases, trees in conservation areas are additionally protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). TPOs can also be placed on trees outside of conservation areas. There are many of these and you may not be aware of them.

The penalties for interfering with protected trees without permission can be severe, so our advice is to check out the status of any tree on which you may be planning to undertake work beforehand. More information about TPOs can be found here, on Leeds City Council’s website. Better safe than sorry!