What is a tree preservation order (TPO)?
A TPO is a Tree Preservation Order which gives legal protection against deliberate damage or destruction of a single tree or blanket area of trees. This includes felling, uprooting, pruning etc. anybody that has work carried out on a tree with a TPO, without application to the council, is subject to legal action and a possible fine (between £2500 – £20000).
How do I know if my tree has a TPO?
A TPO can be applied to any tree or a defined area of trees but not hedges, bushes or shrubs. If you want to carry out work on a tree on your land then you can get in contact with your local planning authority and simply pass over information such as address, location and species of tree. They will be able to provide information on what trees are protected.
What can I do if my tree has a TPO?
In order to carry out work on your tree you need to provide an application to your local planning authority which will then be reviewed and either accepted or rejected.
If you need help on applying for work on a tree with a TPO as we provide our TPO Application service, Contact us for more details