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
- 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