Protected Trees

Trees governed by a ‘TPO’ or fall within a ‘Conservation area’ require consent from your local council in order to carry out any works on them.

What is a ‘TPO’?

A Tree Preservation Order is an order made by a local planning authority in England to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. An Order prohibits the pruning, felling, root cutting or damage to the tree(s) with an order without the consent of the local authority.


What is a ‘Conservation Area’?

A conservation area is an area in which all trees are protected except those less than 7.5cms in diameter (measured 1.5m above the ground). The Local Planning Authority must be formally notified of any proposed work and it has 6 weeks in which to consider the proposal. No work must be carried out during this period.

Applications made for trees with a ‘TPO’ can take up to 8 weeks for a decision to be made. During this time no works are to be carried out before consent has been given.

Here at AP Trees we are able to determine whether or not your tree(s) are subject to a ‘TPO’ or fall within a ‘Conservation area’ and are able to make applications on your behalf for a small fee.