Trees and conservation

Tree Preservation Orders

The law protects certain individual and groups of trees. Those trees that have Tree Preservations Orders (TPOs) or are within Conservation Areas are protected under a range of legislation that makes it an offence to carry out any work on those trees without permission from the Council. If any trees around a property are protected by a Tree Preservation Order, approval from the Council is required before any works are carried out on those trees.

A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an order made by a local planning authority in England to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. The order prohibits:

  • cutting down
  • uprooting
  • topping
  • lopping
  • willful damage
  • willful destruction

Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are dead, diseased, dangerous or are fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit.

Unless you’re sure that a tree or hedgerow is not protected, then you should not start work on it.

If a tree is not protected and you think it should be, contact our Development Management team here:

Any person can apply for a TPO to be put on trees owned either by themselves or someone else; however all requests are subject to a strict criteria to warrant a TPO being made.

Please indicate why you feel the tree/trees are special and worthy of protection and why you feel they may be under threat. Please include a sketch plan/map indicating the positions of the trees you refer to.

Tree Preservation Order locations

This interactive map, shows the locations of individual, and groups of, trees that are protected by a Tree Preservation Order. Orders that are currently active have a Status of 'CONF'.

Use the search function to zoom directly to a location then select a symbol to provide you with further information. 

PLEASE NOTE that this is a static representation of the Tree Preservation Order data and the Planning Department should always be consulted before any work is carried out.

Last updated: 05/03/2019