A tree preservation order is an order made by a council, on a tree, group of trees or woodland which are considered to bring amenity value to the surrounding area. It is an offence to cut down, uproot, prune, lop or wilfully damage or destroy the tree in question without first obtaining the Council’s consent. Anyone found guilty of such an offence is liable to a fine of up to £20,000.
Anyone who wishes to fell or carry out work to a tree protected by a TPO must apply to the Local Authority to obtain permission. They must state the reasons for making the application, the works required and make it clear to which tree the application relates.
Faithful Tree Care are happy to discuss and advise options should you have tree subject to a TPO. If required, assistance can be given with the application. The application can take 8 weeks.
We were asked to reduce the size of the crown of a Hornbeam tree which was covered by a TPO and growing close to a house in Worcester. There was also a large lime tree next to it, also protected by a TPO, which required a ‘crown clean’ – removal of deadwood and heavy growth of mistletoe, a partial reduction of selected branches was also required
The trees are considered to have high amenity value for the area. The TPO required permission from the council for the works and the pruning was undertaken to the correct specification following justification and approval for the work. The work was carried out to BS(2010) recommendations for tree work.
Lime Tree before Lime Tree after crown clean and partial reduction of lower branches
Hornbeam Tree before Hornbeam Tree after crown reduction