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What is a tree preservation order?

Trees may be protected under the Town & Country Planning Act by a tree preservation order (TPO).

A TPO makes it an offence to wilfully damage or destroy a protected tree. If you wish to prune any living part of the tree or to cut the tree down you require the council's written permission. A TPO can protect a single tree, a group of trees, woodland or a defined area.

A new TPO takes provisional effect for a period of 6 months. During the first 28 days of this period any interested party can comment on the new order and all valid written submissions will be considered before confirming the TPO.

Please read protected trees -  a guide to tree preservation procedures on GOV.UK.