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Trees and Hedges

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)

What is a TPO?

TPOs are made to protect trees and woodlands. They stop important landscape trees from being cut down or harmfully pruned without our permission.

Anyone who intends to carry out work to a tree that is protected by a TPO must apply for, and receive consent before carrying out the work.

Government guidance on Tree Tree Preservation Orders and Trees in Conservation Areas

How do I find out if a tree has a TPO?

You can find out if a tree has a TPO or is protected by growing in a Conservation area by using the Councils "In My Area Map"

To view Tree Preservation Orders, please ensure you select BOTH “Tree Preservation Orders Areas” (Groups, Woodlands and Area designations) and “Tree Preservation Orders” (Individual Trees). To view information about a TPO, simply click on the green square icon or the black hatched area, to see the TPO reference number, name and location.

To views Conservation Areas click on the Conservation area layer. To view information about the Conservation Area, click on the green area.

Find out if a tree has a Tree Preservation Order or is in a Conservation area

This mapping shows all TPOs made by the council, including those orders which have been revoked or replaced. As such, some of the protected trees shown on the map may no longer be present and this map should be used as a guide only. The position and information on our maps is indicative only and not legally binding and the legal order takes the legal precedence. If you have any queries please contact planning@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the impact this has had on the ability of council staff to work in the office, we are only able to provide copies of Tree Preservation Orders if we hold a digital copy. If you'd like a digital copy of the TPO, please call us on 01832 74200 with the TPO reference number. The current charge for copies is £15.68, and payment can be made by credit or debit card when you call.

When you are buying a property, the presence of a TPO or a conservation area should be highlighted by the search of the Local Land Charges register.

How do I apply to carry out works to a tree protected by a TPO?

You need to submit a Tree Works Application Form. There are no fees required for these applications.

You are encouraged to seek the advice of an arboriculturalist before making an application.

The Tree Work Guidance Notes and Checklist will help you to complete your application.

Submit a Tree Works Application Online

If you would rather submit your application by post, please download and complete the "Tree Works: Trees in Conservation area/ subject to TPOs" application form and send it to:

Planning Services, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ.

Once registered, your application will be part of the public register and will be accessible via the council’s planning applications system. In certain circumstances, your application may be sent to neighbours, Town and parish Councils and other relevant third parties for comment. You should draw our attention to any sensitive private information which you do not wish to be made available in this way.

It takes up to eight weeks for us to make a decision on a TPO application.

Dead or Dangerous trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order, or in a Conservation Area   

Unless there is an immediate risk of serious harm, anyone proposing to carry out work on a tree in a Conservation Area on the grounds that it is dead or dangerous must give the authority 5 days notice before carrying out the proposed work. Where such a tree requires urgent work to remove an immediate risk of serious harm, written notice is required as soon as practicable after the work becomes necessary.

How do I get a copy of a TPO?

Please call our customer service team on 01832 742000 with the TPO reference number. The current charge for copies is £15.68, and payment can be made by credit or debit card when you call.

What happens if I do the work without permission?

If you prune a tree without consent you may be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500. If you destroy a tree without consent you may be fined up to £20,000.

More information

  1. Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) (you are here)
  2. Trees in a Conservation area
  3. Hedgerows and High Hedges
  4. Trees and Hedges - Frequently asked questions