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Tree Preservation Orders

The purpose of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is to protect trees that are significant to their local surroundings.

An order can be made by the council which makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without the planning authority’s permission.

All types of trees can be protected and a preservation order can cover anything from a single tree to a whole woodland.

Once confirmed, a TPO remains in force permanently.

You can check if a tree is already subject to a TPO by visiting Your Area and entering its location. 

For more detailed information on TPOs, visit the Government website.

Threats to Protected Trees

If there is an immediate threat to a tree, call us on 01935 462462.

We would describe an immediate threat as something happening right now (or about to happen in the immediate future) that is a danger to a tree.

  • If the Council are not available (for example, it is a weekend or bank holiday), please report the matter to the local Police on 101
  • If you are worried that a protected tree has already has already been subjected to unauthorised works, report it as a Planning Breach
  • If you are worried about trees that might be under threat in the future (for example, by future development) but they are not already protected, go to our ‘How do I apply to protect a tree?’ section below.

If you are looking to carry out works to trees with a preservation order, visit our Apply for planning permission page

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