Tree Preservation Orders

Some highly visible trees that are integral to the local environment are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. Should you want to have any work done on these protected trees then you will need to seek permission from your local council. Not all trees are protected and contrary to belief, any tree can be placed under a Tree Preservation Order no matter their species, age or size. Some Tree Preservation Orders are fifty years old and still valid.

Tree Preservation Orders

If you are not sure whether a tree has a Tree Preservation Order on it, then contact your local council. When you buy a property then your solicitor should tell you if there are any Tree Preservation Orders in place, so you should be aware of them before they become an issue.

However, if a tree with a Tree Preservation Order on it is seen as a hazard then you can take steps to make the tree safe prior to receiving permission from the local council, but you have to prove that they work you did was absolutely necessary. There are serious financial penalties for parties that damage a tree that has a Tree Preservation Order, including a £20,000 fine for cutting down a tree plus the cost of a replacement of equal species and size. 

For trees that are not within your property line, that are protected by a Tree Preservation Order and you view them as dangerous, then you can express your concern to the owner of that land where the tree is and encourage them to take action. If they still don’t then you can contact the council who if the tree is deemed ‘imminently dangerous’, can force the owner to act by law.

In Kent, if you have any queries about Tree Preservation Order then contact the Kent County Council for more information. Your local council will also have more information and ultimately approve or deny your application for work on trees with Tree Preservation Orders on them. Professional tree surgeons will also be able to give you advice regarding Tree Preservation Orders, including CareFell, based in Canterbury, Kent, contact them today on 01227 764 744 or email them at enquiries@carefell.com

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