Protected trees

About tree preservation orders

A tree preservation order is an order made to protect certain trees because of their intrinsic beauty, the special contribution they make to the landscape or street scene, or because of their benefit to the appearance of a new development.

Trees covered by preservation orders have special protection by law. It is an offence to cut down, uproot, prune (roots as well as branches), damage or destroy any protected tree without our permission.

If you do, you could be prosecuted and fined. If a tree has been removed or destroyed, you may also be required to plant replacements.

To check whether a tree is protected, contact Development Services on

Last updated: ‎19/01/2023 08:57