Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas

Tree preservation orders (TPOs) are orders put in place by the local planning authority to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in a similar way that buildings can be listed. In order to carry out work to a protected tree you must first gain consent from the local authority, even if the work is to prune or maintain the tree rather than remove it. Failure to obtain the necessary permissions can result in heavy fines so it is important to ensure you know whether a tree you need to work on has a TPO covering it.

A TPO can be requested from the authority for a tree not already covered, and there is a period during which objections to the new preservation order can be made. Living Trees can help with preparing and submitting both TPO applications and objections, as well as providing evidence to support applications to undertake work on trees with an existing TPO.

If a tree is in a conservation area but doesn’t have a TPO specifically applied to it you must provide notification to the local authority six weeks in advance of any intended work to the tree. The authority may then grant permission for the work to go ahead or can apply a preservation order to protect the tree.

Contact us for advice on TPO applications and objections and managing trees in conservation areas.