Trees

Trees with a tree preservation order (TPO)

Where we consider that a tree, a group of trees, a Woodland or an Area of trees should be protected, we may impose a tree preservation order (TPO).

To see which trees have a preservation order on them:

  • Click the ‘View Online Maps’ button below.
  • Find the location you wish to check for TPOs via either of the following methods:
    • Click and drag the screen to move the map over the desired area, click the ‘+’ on the zoom bar on the left to zoom in.
    • Add the address or postcode into the ‘Quick Address Search...’ box at the top of the page, click on the magnifying glass, then click on the correct address from the list.
  • Click on the ‘+’ box next to the ‘CONSTRAINTS’, then click on the text for ‘Tree Preservation Order – Single’, ‘Tree Preservation Order – Group’, ‘Tree Preservation Order – Area’ and ‘Tree Preservation Order – Woodland’ from the list. All TPOs will now show on the map.
  • Click the ‘+’ on the zoom bar on the left to zoom in.

View Online Maps

Apart from limited exceptions, permission must be sought from us before any work is carried out on any tree which is covered by an order. Consent from us is not needed in respect of any works done by, or on behalf of, the Forestry Commission on land it owns or manages or in which it has an interest.

You must apply for consent by submitting a Tree Works Consent Form, or you can apply online via the Planning Portal. A decision will be made within 6-8 weeks from when we receive your application.

Consent to for works on trees protected by an Order will only normally be given where there are sound arboricultural or environmental reasons to do so. If you are unsure please read the latest position on protected trees. In granting permission, we may require replanting with a suitable species.

Unauthorised work on a tree with a TPO can result in prosecution with fines up to £20,000 per tree and a criminal record. In serious cases a person may be committed for trial in the Crown Court and, if convicted, is liable to an unlimited fine.

For further information on Trees and Tree Preservation Orders see: