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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.