TPO’s & Conservation
A large number of trees are protected in the UK the Council helps to protect trees and woodland by making use of tree preservation orders (TPOs). These are orders made under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) .
A TPO prevents cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or destruction of trees (including cutting roots) without the Council’s consent. The aims of TPOs are to prevent unnecessary felling and pruning and to ensure that, where felling is permitted, replacement trees are planted.
Conservation Areas where trees having a diameter of 7.5 cm at a height of 1.5 m are protected and formal notification is required before undertaking works.
TPOs can cover a single tree, groups of trees or woodlands. They cannot preserve hedges, bushes or shrubs. Trees need not be exceptional or unusual specimens to merit inclusion in a TPO.
The orders can be viewed at Planning and Regeneration Services (see contact Planning and Regeneration Services ). If you would like us to assist with these checks and your application for tree works, or would like to find out more about a particular tree or conservation area please contact the “Tree dismantle” office.
Contact your local authority trees team:
- Bradford: 01274 434605/434297
- Leeds: 0113 2478148/2478152