Tree preservation orders
Trees and hedges are a key element of our countryside, but they also have a major part to play in urban areas.
Trees and hedges in private gardens, parks and other open spaces, or lining the sides of our streets, railways, rivers and canals are of great importance to people, particularly in residential areas. They can also provide valuable habitats for wildlife, improve the air we breathe, and help to conserve energy in nearby buildings.
Trees may be protected by tree preservation orders (TPOs) or other legal procedures to make sure that they are not lost or damaged needlessly. We can issue a TPO for specific trees. Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit.
TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the local authority's consent. The maximum penalty for carrying out works to TPO trees without consent is £20,000.
If you want to report a tree you think is dangerous or need advice on whether a specific tree is covered by a TPO please tell us its location.
Should formal permission be required, there is a statutory procedure for applying to undertake work. In the event of permission being withheld, the applicant has a right of appeal to the Secretary of State. Where consent is granted to fell a protected tree, a condition to plant a replacement will normally be applied.
If you are unsure about the status of trees which you intend to prune or fell (or you simply require further information) you should contact your local district/borough council. Dorset County Council is not responsible for tree preservation orders so please do not contact them.
Name: Planning (Christchurch)
Tel: 01202 495030
Fax: 01202 495105
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Name: Planning applications, enforcement and tree matters (East Dorset)
Tel: 01202 886201
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Environment Land and Property Manager
Name: Kevin Morris
Tel: 01258 454111
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Name: Graham Cox
Tel: 01305 252511
Fax: 01305 251481
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Arboricultural Officer (Purbeck)
Name: James Bennett
Tel: 01929 557344
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Name: Nick Jackson - Tree Officer (Weymouth & Portland)
Tel: 01305 838330
Fax: 01305 750531
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