Legal Assistance

Wiltshire Tree Care provides a free application service to the relevant authorities on your behalf.

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is a legal document which makes it an offence to wilfully cut, uproot, top, lop or cut the roots of trees without permission from the local authority.

What type of trees can be covered by a TPO?

Anything that would normally be called a “tree” may be covered by a TPO. There is no minimum size but bushes or shrubs of any size are not protected. TPOs are in place to protect trees that significantly enhance their local surroundings.

Trees in a conservation area?

Before work can get started on trees within a conservation area the District Council needs to be informed. If the Council (District or Parish) objects to the work an emergency TPO may be imposed to prevent work. Clearance takes six weeks. Fines for unauthorised work to protect trees can be severe for both owner and operator.