Trees, hedges and conservation
Tree Preservation Orders
If we believe certain trees or woodland contribute to the local environment, we can protect them with a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and you’ll need our consent to carry out any work to protected trees.
If a tree is dead or dangerous, you don’t need to apply for consent, but you’ll still need to contact us to prove that the work falls within an exemption.
- Read the full guidance on GOV.UK for Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas.
- Download our tree preservation and planting advice note.
Find out if your tree is protected
Use the map below to find the locations of properties that are subject to a TPO and download the orders, or contact Planning Services to find out before carrying out any works.
Works to trees covered by a TPO
You’ll need written consent from us to do any of the following works to a protected tree:
- cutting down
Where we agree that pruning or removal is allowed, the TPO means we can control these actions and arrange for new planting to replace trees which are removed, if necessary.
Works to trees in conservation areas
Trees in conservation areas are also subject to protection, even if they’re not covered by a TPO. You’ll still need to apply for consent, giving six weeks’ notice, before you carry out any of the above works – this gives us the opportunity to consider whether an order should be made to protect the trees.
Check if your property is in a conservation area by using the TPO and conservation area map above.
Apply for consent
If you wish to carry out works to trees that are subject to a TPO or notify us of works to trees in a conservation area you can:
Make sure you include the relevant documents and plans with your application:
Request a copy of a TPO
Use the TPO map above to download Tree Preservation Orders for free. Or you can request copies from Legal Services for £40 each. If you know the TPO reference, please call 0151 233 0463.
If you don’t know the TPO reference, use the map or contact Planning Services in the first instance.