Tree preservation orders

Tree preservation orders (TPOs) are usually made when a tree is under threat. This usually applies to trees on private land but we occasionally protect trees on our land. We currently have over 510 TPOs across the city.

All types of trees can be covered by a TPO but managed hedges, bushes and shrubs aren't covered. If you live in a conservation area you'll need to give us six weeks' notice of any tree work to trees over 7.5cm diameter at chest height. If we think the works are unnecessary or if the tree is important to the setting we might make a TPO.

It is an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, damage or destroy a protected tree and you'll need to apply for approval for any works to be carried out. Unauthorised works can result in prosecution and a fine.

Email or call 01752 304366 to check if a tree is protected.