Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Orders

Managing trees subject to Preservation Orders

A Tree Preservation Order or TPO is an order made by a local planning authority to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity or benefit to the local environment and community. An Order prohibits by law any work being carried out on a tree without the local planning authority’s written consent. If consent is given, it can be subject to conditions which have to be followed.

G4 Gardens has considerable experience and expertise in managing trees subject to Preservation Orders.  You are strongly advised to seek guidance if you suspect an order is in place – before any work is carried out. We will check every tree we are asked to quote on to check whether a TPO is in place.

Owners of protected trees must not carry out or allow any prohibited activity without the written consent of the local authority.

It is important that trees are inspected regularly and necessary maintenance carried out to make sure they remain safe and healthy for the benefit of all. Just because a TPO is in place is does not absolve the owner of responsibility for managing it safely.

If we are asked to work on a tree subject to a TPO we consult with the local authority most of whom have a dedicated Tree or Arboricultural Officer.  Following a discussion as to the type of work we believe is required and the initial thoughts of the officer we then make a formal submission requesting the work. This may be granted in full, with conditions or indeed refused, although this is rare.  If permission is granted to fell a tree because of damage, danger or decease the planting of a new tree is normally required.

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