A Tree Preservation Order is an order made by a local planning authority which makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without the planning authority's permission.
The purpose of the Tree Preservation Order is to protect trees that make a significant impact on their local surroundings. This is particularly important where trees are in immediate danger of being felled or heavily pruned.
All types of trees can be covered by a Tree Preservation Order, including hedgerow trees. The Tree Preservation Order can cover anything from a single tree to woodlands.
The Department of Communities and Local Government have produced a leaflet called Protected Trees: A Guide to Tree Preservation Procedures written for the benefit of tree owners, the general public and amenity groups, and answers some of the most common questions about tree preservation procedures. It is for guidance only and is not a statement of the law.
All trees in a Conservation Area are subject to controls which enable the council to protect the special character of the area created by the trees. To find out if a particular tree or hedgerow is within a conservation area, you can check the interactive map page of this website.