Tree Preservation Orders or TPOs are used to protect selected trees if their removal would have a significant impact on the environment and its enjoyment by the public.
If you would like to carry out any works to a protected tree, including pruning, lopping, felling or any cutting of roots, you will need to apply to the council for permission.
The maximum penalty for carrying out works to tree preservation order trees without consent is £20,000. In serious cases a person may be committed for trial in the Crown Court and, if convicted, is liable to an unlimited fine.
Tree preservation orders are usually placed on trees that are considered to be under threat: for example, where development is proposed. Therefore, many mature trees in the borough may not be protected.
Our priorities for making tree preservation orders are:
1. Individual trees that are at risk and have visual impact on the public realm.
2. Development sites subject to current planning applications.
3. Re-surveys of sites following re-development.
The Department for Communities and Local Government provides a publication Protected trees: a guide to tree preservation procedures
with further information on tree preservation orders.
The council's Arboricultural Services
provide further information on tree maintenance issues for trees that are not protected by TPOs.
For general enquiries (non TPO enquiries) about trees or trees on council property (such as, council houses, schools, highways) please contact tree services (arboricultural services) on 020 8215 3000.