Protected Trees

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

View historical records of applications made for work to protected trees

  • You can look at Tree preservation orders in our online planning system.
  • You can search for existing orders using the advanced searching function and filtering by type of planning application selecting Tree preservation orders (TPO)

View Tree preservation orders

Getting a tree protected by a TPO

  • If you believe a tree (or a group of trees) should be protected, please contact us in writing, giving your name and address, the location of the trees (a sketch plan and/or photos showing the position is also useful) and the reasons why you think they should be protected.
  • Your suggestion will then be considered by the relevant officer and any decision will remain at the Council's discretion.


Last Modified: 10/12/2020 09:42:30