Trees and hedges

Tree preservation orders (TPOs)

The Council helps to protect trees and woodland by making use of tree preservation orders (TPOs). These are Orders made under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)|External link.

A TPO prevents cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or destruction of trees (including cutting roots) without the Council's consent. The aims of TPOs are to prevent unnecessary felling and pruning and to ensure that, where felling is permitted, replacement trees are planted.

TPOs 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.

The orders can be viewed at Planning and Regeneration Services reception. Inspection can be arranged by contacting Planning Services.

To see which trees are protected, you can search Maps online: Tree Preservation Orders. The maps online provide information and extent of the individual Tree Preservation Orders in effect, and an the extent of Conservation Areas where trees having a diameter of 7.5 cm at a height of 1.5 m are protected and formal notification is required before undertaking works.

Relevant legislation

This list is not exhaustive and does not guarantee to list all amending Orders.

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 was substantially amended by the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 and cannot be relied upon without reference to that Act. There may also have been subsequent amending orders.

Last Updated: 12/12/2016