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Tree Preservation Orders protect trees that are attractive or enhance the appearance of an area.

If a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, you will need permission to do any of the following:

  • cut or uproot the tree
  • pruning the branches of the tree
  • do any work that could damage the tree

Unauthorized operation of a tree under a Tree Preservation Order could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £ 20,000.

How do I know if a tree is protected under a Tree Preservation Order?

You can contact the National Park Authority’s planning department to find out if a tree is protected under a Tree Preservation Order.

Apply for permission to work on a protected tree

Before you carry out work on a tree protected under a Tree Preservation Order, you will need to apply for permission.

For more information about submitting applications to the Authority, visit the Apply for Planning Permission page.

Apply for Planning Permission

Work on a protected tree that is dead or dangerous

If the tree you are planning to work on is dead or dangerous, you will not need to apply for permission to carry out work on it. However, you must give the National Park Authority notice at least 5 days before carrying out the work.

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