What Tree Preservation Orders are

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are placed on trees, groups of trees and woodlands to protect them. Any species of trees can be protected, but hedges and shrubs can not be covered by a TPO.

The purpose of a TPO is to protect trees which are thought to be significant in the landscape, important for wildlife, or under threat.

It is an offence to carry out any work to a tree covered by a TPO, without making an application first.

If you wish to apply for permission to carry out these works, please visit our tree works application page.

Trees that are dying, dead or dangerous, and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit, are exempt from TPOs.  Please use the contact details below to discuss any questions you have about a certain tree.

If you would like to find out more please visit the Planning Guidance website.