Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
Certain individual trees or groups are protected under the law by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or by being within a conservation area.
TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or destruction of the trees it protects without the written consent of the local authority. The maximum penalty for carrying out works on TPO trees without permission is £20,000.
These orders can be placed on trees if the local planning authority deems them to have amenity value. Exemptions include trees that are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit.
For further information visit Communities and Local Government .