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Tree preservation and protection

About tree preservation orders

New regulations relating to tree preservations orders have been introduced from April 2012. You can download copies of the guidance document and changes to the law from the 'Downloads' box on the right of the page.

Tree preservation orders are orders made by a local planning authority which in general make it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without the planning authority's permission.

Local planning authorities have specific powers to protect trees by making tree preservation orders, although the Forestry Commission is responsible for the control of felling generally.

Special provisions also apply to trees within conservation areas designated by local planning authorities.

How to apply for consent to work on trees

For consent to work on trees within a Tree Preservation Order you must submit a planning application via the Planning Portal and it is your responsibility to provide all the reports and documentation needed to support an application.

All applications will need an arboricultural report to support the application and a link is shown on the right-hand side to enable you to find one in the local area as well as a link to the application form and guidance notes.

Conservation Areas

All trees over 7.5 cms in diameter 1.5m above the ground are protected. You will need to give us notice if you intend to carry out works to a tree that is this large to enable us to assess if a Tree Preservation Order should be placed on the tree.

More information about this and the relevant forms for making an application are available via the links on the right-hand side of this page.

Please note: that all applications need to be supported by an arboricultural report from a suitably qualified person.

Is my tree protected?

To find out if your tree has a tree preservation order on it please visit our online maps page. You will find a link in the right-hand navigation.

Once you are on the page change the map and select the Tree Preservation Orders map. You can search by post code or part of the address and find out details of the TPO by selecting the 'information' button at the top of the screen.