Protected trees

Protected trees may be covered by a tree preservation order (TPO) or they may lie within a conservation area.

Some protected trees may also be protected because of a specific condition on a planning permission.

It is an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or destroy any protected tree without the necessary consent. If you do this you may be prosecuted in the Magistrates' Court, be fined up to £20,000 and, in serious cases, committed for trial in the Crown Court.

View map of protected trees

Use our online applications system to check the history of and conditions imposed on a site.

TPOs are legal orders made to protect:

  • single trees
  • areas of trees
  • groups of trees and woodlands

If you wish to request a tree preservation order you can do so online here.

Request a tree preservation order

Work on protected trees

If you want to do any works to trees covered by a TPO you need council permission. This applies to any works to lop, top, pollard or fell a tree. In addition, most trees within conservation areas have a similar protection and works to these may also need consent. Applications are free of charge.

apply for permission

Contact the planning applications team

Telephone: 01732 876230