What is a TPO?
TPOs are designed to protect trees that bring significant amenity value to an area. They can apply to any species of tree and to any number, from a single tree to a whole woodland.
They are issued and administered by Local Planning Authorities (e.g. district councils). The order makes it a criminal offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a protected tree without making a formal application to do so.
Anyone found guilty of contravening a TPO is liable for prosecution. Serious cases can be referred to the Crown Court, where an unlimited fine can be imposed.
How we can help with a TPO issue
- Provide general advice on TPO regulations.
- Make an application on your behalf to carry out works to protected trees.
Many people ask us for help because they wish to object to a TPO that has been placed on a tree (or trees) on their property. As part of this we can also:
- Undertake a professional assessment of the validity of the TPO.
- Help build a case for an objection to the TPO.
- Lodge the objection on your behalf.
- Represent you at council meetings and appeal hearings.
If you would like an insight into the sort of assistance we can offer you, take a look at this case study.