Protected Trees

What is a Conservation Area?

Conservation areas exist to manage and protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place - in other words, the features that make it unique. Every local authority in England has at least one conservation area and there are now over 10,000 in England.

How is a conservation area designated?

Most conservation areas are designated by the Council as the local planning authority. 

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's)

A TPO is a written order which, in general, makes it a criminal offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree protected by that order, or to cause or permit such actions, without the authority’s permission.
TPO's are administered by Local Planning Authorities (LPA) (e.g. a borough, district or unitary council or a national park authority) and are made to protect trees that bring significant amenity benefits to the local area. This protection is particularly important where trees are under threat.

All types of tree, but not bushes or shrubs, can be protected, and a TPO can protect anything from a single tree to all trees within a defined area or woodland. Any species can be protected, but no species is automatically protected by a Tree Preservation Order.


Planning Permission & Applications 

Leicester tree care are experienced at working on trees with Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) and trees within conservation areas. We have a full understanding of the legal requirements to be able to work on these trees and the procedures that must be followed.

If your tree falls within the protected category we can happily offer our services to handle the necessary planning application and liaise with the relevant local authority on your behalf for a small administration fee.

Failure to follow correct procedure can result in heavy fines!


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