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Trees and Hedges

Tree Preservation Orders

Tree preservation orders (TPOs) are made to protect trees and woodlands, usually on the grounds that they make an important contribution to the local landscape, but can also be made based on;

  • Rarity
  • Historic significance
  • Public interest

Find out if a tree is protected

The tree preservation order does not prevent work from being carried out, but requires that consent is obtained from us to ensure that the trees or woodlands are not felled or pruned inappropriately.

Apply online for consent to tree works via the planning portal

Download the application form to send in by post:


There are certain exemptions from the requirement to obtain consent. Work to a tree, or part of a tree, which is dead or dangerous does not require our permission. However, there may be other considerations - such as whether bats use the tree as a roosting site - and if so the work may be restricted by other regulations.

Anybody proposing to carry out work that they consider does not require our permission should first notify us and, except in an emergency, allow five working days for us to satisfy itself that the work is exempt.

If we agree that the work does not require an application for consent this does not mean that it is stating that no other regulations apply. For example, Natural England must be consulted if the tree is known to support a bat roost.

Officer Decisions

New transparency rights have been introduced by the Openness of Local Government Bodies 2014 and its regulations implemented by the Secretary of State which included the requirement for certain officer decision to be formally recorded and reported on the Council's website. See Item 9 of the Policy and Resources Committee.

This includes applications for works to trees.

Download a form for postal application for works to a tree

More information

  1. Tree Preservation Orders (you are here)
  2. Hedgerows and High Hedges