A TPO can be applied to any type of tree or group of trees. However, it can’t be applied to smaller plants such as hedges, bushes or shrubs. If you think you own a tree that may be protected, you can get in touch with South Downs Tree Services. We will be able to contact the local authority on your behalf.
Trees with TPO’s
TPOs can make it difficult for owners of these trees to carry out certain works. If you own a protected tree, you will not be allowed to carry out any of the prohibited activities without permission. However, you are still responsible for their maintenance and upkeep. The local authority will therefore encourage you to undertake good tree management. This includes regular pruning and health and safety checks.
If you do have a tree with a TPO, you will need to apply to the local authority to carry out work. We can advise on what type of work will require an application to the local authority. Having worked with planning authorities of all kinds for many years, we are familiar with what extent of works they will allow. We can advise you accordingly depending on the type, location and size of your tree. It is highly likely that your local authority will approve any works that will help to maintain and preserve the health of the tree, such as general pruning and crown reduction.
Fines for damage
TPOs can help prevent trees from unlawful damage. Anyone that knowingly vandalises a protected tree will be subject to a fine ranging between £2,500 and £20,000. However, this can mean you’d also be liable to pay for such a fine if you carried out works on your tree without valid consent. We will always check with our customers whether their tree has a TPO; however, it is your responsibility to make sure you have the appropriate consent.