At MB Tree Surgery we receive many calls and emails from customers enquiring about work on protected trees. Whilst this area can seem confusing for home owners and tenants the first port of call should be your local planning authority,
What is a Tree Preservation Order?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) can cover any species of tree and no species is automatically protected – it is a common misconception that only native species can be covered by the orders. Most trees in conservation areas will also require notice to be given to the local authority if work is to be carried out.
Any TPO's on your property will be part of the land registry search during the house buying process – if you are unsure whether your trees have any orders attached to them the local authority will hold postcode records of all protected specimens.
So what does it mean if your tree has a TPO?
Trees with orders prescribed to them are still the responsibility of the homeowner/landowner – essentially any work you would like to carry out to the tree will require permission from the local authority. Local councils will have Arboricultural Officers who are employed to manage protected trees and ensure work is carried out to a suitable standard. It is important you employ a qualified and insured tree surgeon and at MB Tree Surgery we will be happy to assist you with all the administration required to seek approval for the work.
What happens if I don't follow official procedure?
Fines for working on protected trees without the relevant permission can be unlimited – this apply to both the landowner and the arborist carrying out the work – fines can run up to £20,000.
If you need further advice on any protected trees in the Northamptonshire area please give us a call.