Local Councils are able to make Tree Preservation Orders (‘TPOs’) in order to protect individual trees, groups of trees or woodlands. A TPO can be made if the Council considers the tree(s) makes an important contribution to the amenity of the local landscape. Trees subject of a TPO cannot be cut down, uprooted, topped, lopped, wilfully damaged or wilfully destroyed, unless the Council consented to the works in advance.
TPOs are subject to the following legislation:
- The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)
- The Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012