Trees and hedgerows

Protected Trees and Tree Preservation Orders

Trees are an important part of our towns and villages, as well as the countryside. We conserve our valuable trees and woodlands through Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

A TPO is an order made by a local planning authority about trees or woodlands. They can be served on individual trees, groups of trees or woodlands. They are used to protect trees and woodlands if their removal or changes to them would have a significant impact on the local environment and its enjoyment by the public.

The principal effect of a TPO is to prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage, or destruction of trees without our consent.

Which trees are covered by TPOs?

Find out if a tree is protected by:

Trees in Conservation Areas

Please take a look at our Trees in Conservation Areas page.

How do I apply to undertake work on a protected tree?

Our Tree Work Application page explains the process, which can be done online or by post.

Ordering a Tree Preservation Order

Maps of tree preservation orders are available online on the List of Tree Preservation Orders or our Tree Preservation Order  Search.

If you would like a copy of the full tree preservation order please email with details of the tree preservation order number, title or address for the order you require.

View Tree Work Applications

Applications made after 1 December 2005 can be viewed online through our Planning Application Search Tool.

Search by:

  • Planning Reference - enter the reference number for example T/2006/0001
  • Location such as Windermere
  • or Description such as tree or woodland