Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
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.
If you would like to request a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) placing on a tree/trees, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your details
- Details on the location of the tree/trees - please be as specific as possible
- Details of the species of the tree/trees
- The reasons you believe the tree/trees are worthy of protection.
Trees in Conservation Areas
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.
Prior notification must be given to the Council of any intention to carry out works to Trees in a Conservation Area. Including pruning, lopping, topping and felling.
You can also download our Frequently Asked Questions factsheet (FAQ Trees), which contains information on the above as well as general information on the health and well being of trees.
Information is also available on our website under Interactive maps.
The application form to apply for works to trees protected by a TPO/in a Conservation Area can be found here.