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Tree Preservation Orders

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) gives legal protection against deliberate damage or destruction of a single tree or blanket area of trees. This includes felling, uprooting, pruning etc. Tree Preservation Orders are a piece of legislation that ensures protection of specific trees. Usually, those that are endangered species, an important part of a local area, or sit within a conservation area. TPO’s are made by local planning authorities. They can prevent trees from being uprooted, damaged, destructed or cut down. Major works carried out on trees with a TPO require written consent from the local authority.

If you need help with a tree under a TPO then contact us today. We can provide fast, free quotations for any work needed or simply offer professional advice.

Does my tree have a TPO?

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.

Contact us today

It can feel daunting at first to know that you’re responsible for maintaining a protected tree. However, it’s really quite simple. You just need to help ensure the tree is protected and looked after. If you have a tree with a TPO that needs maintaining, give us a call and we’ll talk you through your options.


Our customer’s feedback

Felling and trimming of trees with TPO listing

PO9   |   April 2021

Michael and his team provided an excellent service today. Arrived punctually and set about the felling of 3 diseased trees and crown raising of 2 mature oaks. They were very efficient and all work was completed within half a day, complete with clearing the site. Would not hesitate to recommend them.

Crown reduction of large bay tree in conservation area

PO5   |   July 2021

Mike and his team provided a great service. He took time to understand our requirements and provided feedback and expert advice regarding our mature bay tree. On the day, they arrived on time and liaised with us during the work and happy with the result all done at a very reasonable cost. Would happily use the services again.

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