Protected trees either: have a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on them or are within a Conservation Area (CA). Trees within a CA receive the same protection as a TPO. There may also be trees that are protected by a TPO within a CA. It is a criminal offence to work on, damage or destroy any tree protected in this way without first getting consent from the Council to carry out any works. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out whether a tree is protected. To find out whether we have granted permission for tree works at a particular address. You can search the property address on Public Access to check if any recent tree works applications have been submitted. Alternatively you can email us. Work on protected trees You must get permission from the council before doing any work to a protected tree. Apply for Tree Works Permission Request a New TPO If there is a particular tree or group of trees that contribute positively to your area, you can apply to have them protected by a TPO. Please email email@example.com and include a location plan of the tree, a photograph(s) and explanation as to why you believe the tree(s) should be protected by a TPO. Once we receive a new TPO request, the Council will inspect the tree and check that it is healthy. Then, if we decide to make a TPO, we will write to everyone with a direct interest in the tree. Usually, that will be the owners and occupiers of the land on which the tree stands, and those of any adjacent land, especially if the tree overhangs a boundary. You will then be informed of the decision. Request a copy of TPO documents For further details please visit our copy document page.