Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
TPOs are used to protect trees that are considered to be good examples of their species, contribute to the amenity and appearance of an area and / or have historic or cultural value to a location.
A TPO is a legal order that makes it a criminal offence to cut down, prune, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree or trees without the Authorities consent.
If a tree is protected, you need to apply for permission to work on a tree protected by TPO.
A Conservation Areas is an area of special historic or architectural interest, the appearance or character is considered to be desirable to preserve and enhance. As part of a Conservation Area, trees provide important contribution and are therefore given protection.
Within a Conservation Area all trees with a trunk over 75mm in diameter (measured at 1.5m above ground level) are protected by law.
If you want to cut down or carry out works to a tree in a Conservation Area, you must notify us, giving us at least 6 weeks formal written notice.
When planning permission for development is granted, a condition may be used requiring existing trees to be preserved or new planting to be maintained, even if they are not protected by a TPO or in a Conservation Area.
What type of trees are afforded protection?
Any species of tree can be afforded protected.