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Tree preservation orders (TPO)

A TPO prevents cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or destruction (including cutting roots) without our consent

What does a TPO do?

A TPO stops unnecessary felling and pruning and ensures where felling is permitted that replacement trees are planted.

Unauthorised work on a tree under a TPO can lead to prosecution and a £20,000 fine.
Felling of trees which are not subject to a TPO may still require a Felling Licence from the Forestry Commission.
Failure to fell under a proper licence is an offence subject to a penalty. 

Tree works in conservation areas

In addition to unauthorised works on trees under TPOs, it's against the law to carry out works to a tree in a conservation area without notifying us first.

Does a TPO only cover single trees?

A TPO can cover a single tree, groups of trees or woodlands.

They cannot preserve hedges, bushes or shrubs.

Trees need not be exceptional or unusual specimens to merit inclusion in a TPO.

How do I find out if a tree is under a TPO?

TPOs can be found using our Interactive Map.

How do I apply to work on a tree under a TPO?

You can apply via the Planning Portal giving us at least six weeks' notice.

You won't need to make an application if the tree is dead or dangerous, however you should give us five days notice as failure to do so could lead to prosecution.

Additional guidance

GOV.UK provides comprehensive guidance on TPOs.

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