Trees are protected if they are in a conservation area, or if they are the subject of a tree preservation order (TPO).
This prevents cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, willful damage or destruction of trees and roots without our permission.
Tree preservation order regulations have changed; previous legislation has been brought together with a new act that took effect from 6 April 2012.
Application form for tree works
- application form for tree works for trees subject to a tree preservation order (TPO) and/or in a conservation area [pdf, 364.02KB]
Find out if a tree is protected
To find out if a tree is in a conservation area or subject to a preservation order, use our interactive mapping tool find my nearest or call 020 8356 8062.
For trees on public pavements (street trees) call 020 8356 8437 and for trees in parks call 020 8356 8428.
It is an offence to do work to a protected tree without our consent. If a protected tree is damaged and/or destroyed without permission, the owner or person doing the work may be prosecuted, fined up to £20,000 and made to pay for a replacement tree. Contact us if you see works being carried out that you suspect may be unauthorised.
Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) is a serious disease that has killed ash trees across northern Europe. Cases are now being discovered in the UK. See images of symptoms. If you suspect a case you must report it to the Forestry Commission, not the Council. Call 0117 372 1070 or email email@example.com.