What does the administrative body take into account when deciding whether to permit/not to permit the felling of woody plants and when setting the conditions for their felling?
The following facts are taken into account:
- if the woody plants are not protected as a tree monument or as a specially protected plant species,
- if the woody plants are not part of a significant landscape element,
- if the felling would not lead to serious or permanent damage to a site of European importance or a bird area;
- what is the functional significance of the trees and bushes: What is the ecological significance of the woody plants? (the biotope for significant animal species etc.) How much ecological damage would the felling do? (does the woody plant grow alone or is it part of a larger stand?);
- what is the aesthetic significance of the woody plants?;
- how serious are the reasons for felling (examples of serious and valid reasons for felling: endangering the surroundings – a risk of the tree immediately falling), poor health condition of the tree, to make room for a new building, tree roots which are damaging buildings, excessive shading of houses etc.);
- the time of felling: the felling of trees and bushes growing outside of the forest is usually carried out outside of their growing season (from 15th October to 31st March).