A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is assigned to trees with high amenity, historical, environmental or ecological value.
TPO designation is conferred by a Local Planning Authority (LPA) within or outside of Conservation Areas. To all effect, it aims to shield the tree from any reckless action that that could have a detrimental impact upon it.
With few exceptions, generally Health and Safety related, any works carried out on a TPO tree must be reviewed by the LPA.
Proposals for remedial work must be presented to the LPA complete of supporting evidence and in a professional, pre-formatted fashion very similar to a planning application – all of which requires the expertise and knowledge of an industry expert.
The same applies to trees located within a Conservation Area, which are afforded the same level of protection as the buildings found therein. Works on TPO trees without formal LPA approval can result in fines and possible prosecution.
How can Ecology Resources help?
At Ecology Resources, we can provide professional advice on tree condition assessments, detailed amenity assessments, submission of applications and evidence-based work specifications.