Trees in any location may be protected by legislation for a wide variety of reasons. Examples include biodiversity, amenity or to avoid unnecessary tree loss. Proposed tree work might also be subject to legislation covering the protection of bats or nesting birds. The penalties can be very severe. Those guilty of non-compliance could face several thousands of pounds in fines and replacements. The law applies equally to both the contractor and property owner.
TPOs are placed on individual trees, groups of trees, and even entire forests and woodlands where the local area benefits from the great aesthetic value of the protected tree/s. Similar statutory protection is afforded to all trees above a certain size (75mm diameter at 1500mm height) inside a conservation area. The protection covers the whole tree, including the roots, which may extend many metres beyond the canopy.
We take our obligations to clients and the environment very seriously. Dale can advise on the completion of the application forms, or submit the form for you, for £30 (plus vat). He can also provide a comprehensive, no obligation, written report to accompany the application. All proposed works will be specified to British Standards 3998:2010 – Recommendations for tree work.