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Protected trees

Tree Preservation Orders, or 'TPO's' are placed on trees that are important to the character of a particular area. It is illegal to cut down, prune, or damage a tree with a TPO without getting permission from us first.

Trees might also be protected because they are in a conservation area or due to planning constraints.

You need to give us 6 weeks written notice if you want to carry out work on protected trees.

The guide to tree preservation procedures [88KB]  provides further information on protected trees.

Visit the Department for Communities and Local Government for detailed information on tree preservation orders. 

How to find out if a tree is protected

You can use our interactive planning map to find out if a tree is protected or in a conservation area.

How to protect a tree

If you would like protect a tree or want advice on the status of a particular tree

Please tell us who owns the tree, where it is and how urgent it is.

Contact the Peak District National Park Authority for more information on the tree in question if you live within the Peak District.