TPO & Conservation Areas

Tree Preservation Order (TPO)

The Local Planning Authority can make a Tree Preservation Order in respect of either an individual tree, a groups of trees or whole woodlands in the interest of preserving public amenity.

A Tree Preservation Order prohibits the:

  • cutting down
  • uprooting
  • topping
  • lopping
  • willful damage or
  • willful destruction

of trees without the Local Planning Authorities consent this also includes the roots of trees.

Anyone in contravention of a Tree Preservation Order and found guilty of an offence is liable, if convicted in a magistrates court, a fine can be unlimited.


Certain exceptions do exist for commercial orchards and certain works done by utility companies. Exceptions can be made for emergency tree works, but it's better to inform local authority first at least five day in advance.

Conservation Area

Trees within a Conservation Area make an important contribution to the character of the environment, the character and appearance of which is desirable to preserve and enhance. The Town and Country Planning Act makes special provision for trees in Conservation Areas that are not subject to a Tree Preservation Order. Anyone proposing to carry out work on a tree within a Conservation Area is required to give the Local Planning Authority six weeks prior notice. Anyone who cuts down, uproots, tops, lops, willfully destroys or willfully damages a tree in a Conservation Area without giving notice will be guilty of an offence. The same penalties apply as those for contravening a Tree Preservation Order.

J Melton Tree Services Ltd offers the service of applying for tree works on behalf of clients.

For more information about our TPO and conservation area services, please contact us.