What is a Tree Preservation Order?
Tree preservation orders are there to protect trees that have an important role in the local area. Whether a unique feature or specialised habitat, individual tree or woodland, Tree Preservation Orders stop damage and destruction of trees that sadly the nation is losing fast.
Who is responsible for TPOs?
The local council are responsible for assigning TPOs and keeping records to ensure no protected trees are harmed without consequence.
How do I know if a tree has a TPO?
Information on who to contact and details of how to perform a check can be found by clicking here.
I want to carry out work that might affect a tree, how can I be sure I'm acting within the law?
It is important to check the status of any tree that is directly or indirectly affected by work with the local council in order to act within the law. It is an offence to damage or kill a tree with a TPO, and can result in fines of up to £20,000!
Can any tree have a TPO?
Trees that are dead or dying, diseased or dangerous are exempt from TPOs. Commercially grown fruit trees are also exempt.
How do I apply for a TPO on a tree in my garden?
Before you begin applying for a Tree Preservation order on your tree, it is important to consider whether your tree is applicable.
If you believe there is a tree on your land that provides a unique feature to the landscape or specialised habitat that wildlife in your area is dependent on, contact your local council for more information on granting Tree Preservation Orders.