Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Orders

A Tree Preservation Order makes it a criminal offence to cut down, uproot, prune, damage or destroy the tree or trees without the appropriate permissions. It protects certain trees in the interest of public amenity.

A Tree Preservation Order can apply to:

  • a single tree
  • a group of trees
  • a woodland or an area of trees.

The trees can be of any size, species or age.

Locate trees with a Tree Preservation Order

To find out whether a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, you can use our map or the form below.

If you think a tree should be protected by a new Tree Preservation Order, let us know by email: trees@nfdc.gov.uk.

Works to a tree with a Tree Preservation Order

If you wish to carry out works to any tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order, you must submit a planning application.

Alternatively, you can submit an application for tree works using the form below.

Icon for pdf Tree Works Application Form [729.65KB]

For guidance on submitting your tree works application, download the document below.

Icon for pdf Tree Works Application Guidance [183.51KB]

There are no fees for Tree Preservation Order applications or notifications to carry out works to protected trees.

You can view the list of current tree work applications using the link below.

Tree protection and development guidance

Find out about the standards that we expect for new development proposals and works to protected trees.

Icon for pdf Tree Protection and Development Guidance [2.79MB]

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