Tree Preservation Orders
The purpose of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is to protect individual and groups of trees for the public’s enjoyment. The order makes it an offence to cut down, uproot, prune, damage or destroy the tree or trees in question. A TPO can apply to a single tree, a group of trees or a woodland. TPOs can only apply to trees, they can not apply to bushes, shrubs or hedges (unless the hedge has reverted back to a line of individual trees). The tree or trees can be of any size, species or age.
It should be noted that the serving of a TPO on a tree does not mean that the council is responsible for the tree’s management.
For further information -
Tree FAQs (including details of how to find out if a tree is protected by a TPO; obtaining a copy of a TPO etc.)
Tree Preservation Orders: A guide to the law and good practice (ODPM 2000 with later amendments)Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012
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