WHAT ARE TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS?
THESE orders are made by the local planning authority (usually a local council) to protect specific trees or a particular woodland from deliberate damage and destruction. They prevent the felling, lopping, topping, uprooting or damaging of trees. A council can make an emergency TPO in less than a day, although if the case is not urgent it can take months. Although it is possible to make orders on any trees, they are most commonly used in urban and semi-urban settings to protect trees for the public’s enjoyment. If your trees are protected, you will need written permission to remove them or to do any tree surgery. If you damage or remove them you could be prosecuted.