Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)




TPO's are used to protect selected trees and woodlands where they make a significant contribution to the quality of an area and their removal would have a negative impact on the environment and its enjoyment by the public.   Trees may be worthy of preservation for their intrinsic beauty or their contribution to the landscape, because they serve as a screen or for their scarcity. Other factors such as their value as a wildlife habitat may also be considered. 


Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) were introduced to enable Local Planning Authorities to protect important trees. TPOs can be placed on any tree that has amenity value, including hedgerow trees but not hedges, bushes or shrubs. Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit. TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, willful damage or willful destruction of trees without the Local Authorities consent. The maximum penalty for carrying out works to TPO trees without consent is £20,000.  


Application forms for works to trees can be obtained from the Council Offices during normal office hours and can be printed from the 'forms' section below.  


For a comprehensive guide to the law and best practice on Tree Preservation Orders please see the 'Guide to the Law and Good Practice' published by  Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).


Where are the Trees Covered by Tree Preservation Orders?


If you wish to find out whether a tree that you are wishing to carry out works to is subject to a TPO, please click of the link to the town or parish below:


Melton MowbrayAb Kettleby, Asfordby, Vale of Belvoir, Bottesford, Broughton & Old Dalby, Buckminster, Burton & Dalby, Clawson Hose & Harby, Croxton Kerrial, Eaton, Freeby, Frisby, Gaddesby, Garthorpe, Grimston, Hoby with Rotherby, Knossington, Redmile, Scalford, Somerby, Sproxton, Stathern, Twyford and Thorpe, Waltham, Wymondham


Applying to undertake works to trees


Works to trees that are subject to a TPO must be made in writing to the Council. please use the 'forms' link below in order to download forms and notes to help you make the application. There is no fee associated with such an application and the Council is permitted 8 weeks to decide if the works should be permitted. The Council is allowed to attach conditions (for example, requiring the planting of replacement tree(s) or specifying ways the works should be carried out) and there is a right of appeal to the Secretary of State if consent is refused. Forms to make an application and guidance notes to assist their completion are available below:

Urgent Works


Where works are urgent for safety reasons, or where protected trees are considered to be dead, dying or dangerous please notify the Council immediately. We will take a maximum of five working days to confirm whether it is agreed that the works are urgent and should proceed immediately. 

Further Information


The following links to useful websites and documents that you may find helpful when considering works to trees:


The Arborcultural Association - Publications and information of works to trees, tree problems etc.

The Forestry Commission - Advice on works to trees and details of approved contractors and specialists

The Bat Society - Advice on bat roosts etc.