Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas

Certain trees,( TPO’s or Tree Protection Orders) and areas (Conservation Areas) are protected by local councils and any work would need to be approved by the LPA prior to any work commencing. If you don not gain said permission you could face affine of up to £20,000.

TPO’s or Tree Protection Orders are legally enforceable orders to protect trees and woodland in the interests of public amenity. TPO’s would prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of protected trees or woodlands. A TPO can be placed on all types of trees, including hedgerow trees but not hedges, bushes or shrubs. The Order can protect individual trees, groups, areas or woodlands, where it is considered that they make a significant visual contribution to the locality and are of benefit to the general public.

Conservation Areas – are areas of special architectural or historical interest with a character or appearance that is desirable to preserve or enhance. Trees may often contribute to the special character of the area. All trees in a Conservation Area are subject to controls which enable the city council to protect the special character of the area created by the trees.

Acorn Tree Services would ascertain the status of said trees and complete any application forms needed and follow up the application.