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Tree Preservation Orders

Trees

Please download our fact sheet Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the bottom of the page, which contains information on the above as well as general information on the health and well being of trees.

How do I find out about Tree Preservation Orders and conservation areas?

For Tree Preservation Order enquiries and general conservation area enquiries contact the Planning Team on 0115 907 2244.

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is a special form of control that applies to certain trees. TPO's are used to protect trees that are particularly attractive and contribute to the appearance of an area.

It is illegal to cut down, prune, or otherwise damage a tree protected by a TPO without our consent.

The unauthorised lopping, wilful damage or felling of a tree is a serious criminal offence and can result in a fine of up to £20,000. This will also apply to trees within a conservation area.

If a tree is healthy and stable, visible from a public place and potentially under threat, it is a candidate for a Tree Preservation Order, regardless of species, although fruit trees are not normally considered.

TPO's are made by us when trees are under threat of being cut down or damaged.

What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve.

Trees often make an important contribution to the appearance of conservation areas and so are given special protection.

The penalties for unauthorised felling or lopping of trees in conservation areas are the same as for trees protected by a TPO.

Permission is required for the pruning or felling of any tree within a conservation area greater than 7.5cm in diameter (as measured at 1.5m above ground level).

Planning - Application Forms for works to trees are available online.

Information is also available on our website under Interactive maps.

Related documents

The following document is in Adobe PDF format. You can download the Adobe software for free from the Adobe website.

   FAQ Trees [PDF 158KB]