Tree Preservation Orders and Trees in Conservation Areas
What is a Tree Preservation Order?
Trees are a beautiful part of England's landscape and Tree Preservation Orders are here to protect the amenity value we all enjoy from the trees around us. Trees not only look good but they also offer lots of benefits such as removing pollutants from the air. Moderating temperature during both winter and summer. Trees play an important part in preventing flooding and soil erosion. Trees also directly increase the value of your house if you are fortunate enough to have them. A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an order placed on individual trees, groups of trees or woodlands to protect trees and the amenity value that they provide. A Tree Preservation Order prohibits:
- cutting down
- wilful damage
- wilful destruction
of trees without the written permission of the local council.s it is the responsibility of both the tree owner and the person conducting work on trees to ensure this is adhered to. pleading ignorance will not serve as a justifiable excuse. Don't worry we are here to help make this easy for you.
How do I check if my tree has a Tree Preservation order on it?
To check if you have a tree that is subject to either a Tree Preservation Order or is within a Conservation Area you will need to get in touch with your local council. Kirklees Council offer a very convenient online checker. It may be best to consult a professional to get advice on how to do this. D W Tree Service are more then happy to help you with your application. Contact us and we will best advise you on how to progress your application.
My tree is protected what do I need to do?
You can apply for consent to work on your tree. The local council may give you written consent to work on your tree. Any consent given may be subject to conditions which will usually state that any works be carried out by a qualified tree surgeon. A council may also refuse permission to carry out work on the tree. If this happens you can then appeal this decisions but there is no guarantee it will be over turned.
What are the consequences?
The council can and do take Tree Preservation Orders seriously, though if you communicate with them they are usually quite helpful. However, the if you do not adhere to the order you could be looking at up to a £20,000 fine at magistrates court or an unlimited fine at crown court.
Can I get help with a Tree Preservation Order?
Yes, we are more then happy to submit TPO application on our customers behalf get in touch and we will give you some advice and let you know your options