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Tree Preservation Orders in Derby

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are essential to the tree surgeon’s arsenal. A TPO is an order issued by a local authority that protects trees or woodlands from being felled, lopped, uprooted, tree cutting, or otherwise damaged without their permission – even if they’re located on private land. Tree surgeons JC Leicester are highly skilled and knowledgeable regarding tree preservation orders and can advise on how best to protect your tree(s).

It’s important to be aware that tree preservation orders apply to individual trees and groups of trees, so even if you only have one tree in your garden, it may still be subject to a TPO. If you think there may be a tree preservation order on your tree, it’s essential to contact your local council or tree surgeons Leicester so that they can advise on the best way forward.

Our team of experts can provide tailored advice and assistance on how best to protect your tree(s) – even if they’re subject to Tree Preservation Orders. We understand how important trees are and take great pride in preserving the natural beauty of our environment. Tree preservation orders apply to Conservation Areas, so if you’re located in a Conservation Area, it’s essential to take appropriate measures to ensure tree protection.

Here is a list of local conservation areas in Derby.

  • City Centre Conservation Area
  • Friar Gate Conservation Area
  • Conservation area in St Peter’s Street and Green Lane

Conservation areas based on Victorian Derby:

  • Railway Conservation Area
  • Arboretum Conservation Area
  • Little Chester Conservation Area
  • Strutts Park Conservation Area
  • Hartington Street Conservation Area
  • Highfield Cottages Conservation Area
  • Leylands Conservation Area
  • Nottingham Road Conservation Area

Conservation areas centred on former village centres:

  • Darley Abbey Conservation Area
  • Mickleover Conservation Area
  • Spondon Conservation Area
  • Allestree Conservation Area
  • Markeaton Conservation Area


The Darley Abbey Conservation Area, designated in 1970 and extended in 1975 and 2003, is centred around the historic village core of Darley Abbey. 


How do you find out if somewhere is a conservation area?

You will need to contact your local planning authority (LPA). They can tell you when it was created, how far it extends, the reason for its creation, and the level of legal protection it has in place.

Here is a list of other useful government and local authority websites for more information on conservation areas and to apply for tree surgery on a tree that has a tree protected order. (TPO)

How do you know if a tree has a preservation order?

To find out if a tree has a preservation order, you must contact your local authority or planning department. The authority should be able to provide details of the order, including whether it applies to the area in which the tree is situated. If they cannot provide this information, you may have to seek professional advice from an arborist or solicitor.

Preservation orders are legally binding and must be followed. They can include restrictions such as preventing any work being carried out on the tree, including cutting it down or pruning it without permission. Breaking these conditions could result in criminal prosecution and hefty fines. It is essential to ensure that any necessary work is done correctly, so seeking professional advice is essential before carrying out any work on a tree with a preservation order in place.

 Can you cut down a tree with a preservation order?

In most cases, cutting down a tree with a preservation order is impossible and against the law. Preservation orders are put in place to protect specific trees from being felled or destroyed; they are issued by local authorities and can last indefinitely. Cutting down one of these trees would violate the preservation order, resulting in legal repercussions for violators.

If you need to remove a protected tree for any reason, you must first obtain permission from the relevant local authority. This process involves submitting an application detailing why the removal is necessary and providing evidence that the removal will not damage nearby trees or cause harm to wildlife habitats. If approved, you may proceed with tree surgery on the protected tree, but you should always ensure appropriate safety measures are taken during the process. Additionally, it is essential to remember that replanting may be required as part of the removal process.

Do you need permission to prune a tree with a TPO?

If you need to prune a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), you will need to apply and receive permission from the local council prior. Depending on the type of pruning, the local council may require additional information, such as photographs or diagrams of your proposed works.

You must only work on a TPO tree after receiving permission from the local authority, as it is an offence and can result in prosecution. If permission is granted, it may contain conditions regarding how much work can be done and when. Always check for these conditions before beginning any pruning work. Sometimes, you may also have to employ a qualified tree surgeon or arborist to assist with the work.

Which trees are subject to preservation orders?

Trees in the United Kingdom are subject to preservation orders set out in Section 198 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This means that they can only be cut down, uprooted, or otherwise destroyed with written permission from the local planning authority. Trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) may include single trees, areas of woodland, and even hedgerows. In addition to TPOs, some species of tree may also be protected under other laws, such as conservation area designations and European Protected Species legislation.

When deciding whether or not to grant permission for work on a tree covered by an order, several factors are considered, including its size and condition, age, species, value to the local environment, and existing tree management works. In certain circumstances, such as when a tree is dead or poses a significant risk to people or property, getting written permission to remove the tree without obtaining an order may be possible. However, even if permission is granted, all trees must be replaced appropriately where feasible.

It is essential for anyone considering carrying out work on a protected tree to thoroughly research what orders and protections are in place before starting any project. This can help ensure that legal requirements are met and avoid potential fines and penalties associated with damaging protected trees.

Who is the best Tree surgeon near me?

If you searched TPO services near me and you found us, then we cover your area and are looking forward to you calling us soon.  As well as serving Derby we also cover Allenton. If you can’t see your area on the list, we will most likely still be able to help you. Please call us to find out. 

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