Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) are issued by local planning authorities to protect individual trees or woodlands. A TPO can be placed on any tree or hedgerow tree, but not a hedgerow itself. The order makes it an offence to cut down, uproot, prune or damage the tree/s in question, without first obtaining the Council’s consent.
Conservation Areas are areas of land that have been awarded a protected status to ensure that their features and heritage are preserved. As with a TPO, consent must be sought prior to any works commencing.
Full checks are made as part of the quotation process to identify any TPOs and Conservation Areas, and so that any necessary applications can be made.
If permission is not sought from and granted by the Council, it may lead to prosecution.