Tree Preservation Order
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.
You can search under the conservation tab on 'My Melton' to find out whether a tree that you are wishing to carry out works to is subject to a TPO