Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)
Trees are considered to be of high amenity value and can be protected in two ways, either by a preservation order on a particular tree or because it exists within a Conservation Area. For example, an individual sycamore tree at The Bungalow in Barney Lane is protected, and all of the trees, including those in the bordering hedgerows, are protected in Flaxton’s designated Conservation Area, which includes The Crofts.
It is an offence to prune or fell trees covered by a preservation order or within a Conservation Area without prior permission. Forms requesting this permission are available from the District Council’s Tree Officer.
What you should know?
What is a TPO?
A legal document, made and administered by the Local Planning Authority to protect and control works to, or the felling of amenity trees and woodlands.
What trees can be protected?
Any tree of any size and species (including coppice) which provides an amenity.
What does a TPO control?
Simply, any cutting operation, removal, uprooting, wilful damage or destruction.
How is a TPO made?
At the discretion of the Local Planning Authority who compile standard documentation including a specific schedule and plan for each order.
Who has to replace protected trees?
It is the duty of the owner of the land to plant replacement trees. This duty passes to new owners if ownership changes.
Basic Treework Terms
To help complete the application form, the following drawings illustrate basic treework terms.