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What is a Tree Preservation Order?

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:

  • cutting down
  • topping
  • lopping
  • uprooting
  • wilful damage
  • wilful destruction

of trees without the local planning authority’s written consent. If consent is given, it can be subject to conditions which have to be followed. In the Secretary of State’s view, cutting roots is also a prohibited activity and requires the authority’s consent.
What are a tree owner’s responsibilities?

Owners of protected trees must not carry out, or cause or permit the carrying out of, any of the prohibited activities without the written consent of the local authority. As with owners of unprotected trees, they are responsible for maintaining their trees, with no statutory rules setting out how often or to what standard. The local planning authority cannot require maintenance work to be done to a tree just because it is protected. However, the authority can encourage good tree management, particularly when determining applications for consent under a Tree Preservation Order. This will help to maintain and enhance the amenity provided by protected trees.

Arboricultural advice from competent contractors and consultants, or the authority, will help to inform tree owners of their responsibilities and options. It is important that trees are inspected regularly and necessary maintenance carried out to make sure they remain safe and healthy.

For help dealing with a TPO, please contact us for a consultation

Braemar Arboriculture are a small but friendly tree management company formed by principal consultant Richard Allen in 2015. Richard has over 27 years industry experience and holds a level 4 qualification in arboriculture as well as being professional tree inspection qualified. He holds professional membership of the Arboricultural Association and the Consulting Arborist Society.

Where do we work?

We are based in Hednesford on the edge of Cannock Chase operating throughout our home county and the surrounding Midlands counties too. Where our clients request us we will happily travel further afield.

Why use our services?

We are consultants not contractors and all advice given is in the interests of meeting your management objectives and not to bolster our profit. Our charges are usually fixed price so you know from the start what you are paying, no hidden extras. We offer a friendly professional service with good sound practical advice to help you manage tree related issues in a safe and cost effective manner.

Services offered

  • Tree safety inspections / surveys
  • BS5837:2012 Building development surveys
  • Tree Preservation Order, advice, applications and appeals
  • Tree reports for mortgages / insurance providers
  • Structural damage, subsidence investigation

Whenever you are looking for advice on tree related issues it is important that you consult someone who is trained, qualified, experienced and insured for this purpose. Braemar Arboriculture Ltd hold £2 million professional indemnity and £5 million public liability cover