Trees in any location may be protected by legislation for a wide variety of reasons; 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 are quite severe and those guilty of non-compliance could face several thousands of pounds in fines and replacement/s for 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 root zone, which may extend many metres beyond the extent of the canopy.
We take our obligations to clients and the environment very seriously, so we are happy to provide advice on the completion of the necessary local authority application forms, or take care of all of the paperwork for you, for a nominal fee of £25. We can also provide a comprehensive, no obligation, written quotation to accompany the application, which will outline the works specified to British Standards 3998:2010 – Recommendations for tree work.