What is a Tree preservation order?
Tree Preservation orders or TPOs were introduced to enable Local Planning authorities to protect important trees.
TPOs can be placed on any tree that has amenity value. Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit.
TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without our consent.
The maximum penalty for carrying out works to TPO trees without consent is £20,000.
For a guide to the law and best practice on Tree Preservation Orders please see Tree Preservation Orders: a guide to the law and good practice on the Communities and Local Government website.