Tree Preservation Orders

About Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) protect trees that make a significant impact on their local surroundings. A TPO makes it an offence to cut down, lop, top, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without our permission.

A TPO can apply to a single tree, a group of trees, an area or a woodland. It can include hedgerow trees and fruit trees but not bushes or shrubs. The trees do not necessarily have to be of a certain species, size or age.

The owner of the trees remains responsible for them, their condition, and any damage they may cause. The TPO ensures the retention of a tree considered to be contributing to local amenity and gives the Council power to prevent unnecessary works to it