Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) give councils the power to protect trees.

TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the council's consent.

Breaching a TPO can result in a maximum fine of £20,000.

Always check with the council before carrying out work on a tree.

Copies of Tree Preservation Orders cost £37.80 (inclusive of VAT)*. To order a copy of a TPO, email

*Standard turnaround for supplying copies of Tree Preservation Orders is one to three working days. If you require a copy of an order straight away, an additional £30 charge applies.