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All you need to know about Tree Preservation Orders

A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is where a local planning authority has placed an order to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. These trees are protected against any cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilful damage and wilful destruction, without the consent from the planning authority. It is most common for local authorities to place a TPO on specific trees, but individual tree owners can apply to the council too.

Tree with a green ribbon tied around it

What is the purpose of a TPO?

These order were implemented to protect trees that make a significant contribution to local surroundings or where their loss would have a significant impact on the environment.

How do I find out if my tree has a TPO?

Contact your local authority, or tree officer. Many councils provide a mapping service online where you can check all relevant details of any TPO’s on or surrounding your property.

What trees can be protected?

Any species of tree can be protected, and that includes individual trees or a group, or even a woodland area. Hedges, bushes and shrubs are not included.

Is the council responsible for protected trees?

No, it is the tree owners responsibility and duty of care to the public for the trees condition. The means ensuring it is safe and doesn’t cause any damage to property/buildings etc.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes, there are some situations where an application is not needed for tree works on a TPO’d tree such as when the tree is dead, works are required urgently to remove an immediate risk of serious harm and removal of dead branches from a living trees. It is best to check with the local authority or qualified arborist to confirm.

How can I apply for tree works on a TPO’d tree?

Applications can be submitted to the local authorities for any required works, listing detailed descriptions of any works, and, if not disputed, can usually be carried out 8 weeks after the application submission. Consent must be obtained before any works can be carried out.

We offer these constraints checks within all our tree works quotations so please get in touch to learn more about the services we offer. Call Eastwood Tree Services on 01449 760780


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