Tree preservation orders

Tree preservation orders (TPOs)

A Tree preservation order (TPO) protects trees that either make a significant visual impact on their local surroundings or have particular considered values.

It is an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree subject to a TPO without prior consent. See TPO Guidance prior to making an application.

We may place a TPO on a tree if the tree is considered to have a sufficient level of amenity value. The assessment of the tree considers:

  • the prominence and size of the tree
  • its structural and physiological condition
  • its potential longevity
  • whether it has any ecological or historical value and
  • whether its existence is likely to be under any level of threat.

How can I find out if a tree is covered by a TPO?

Homeowners are advised that during the process of purchasing a property your solicitor, or the property deeds, should tell you if you have any trees on your property which are subject to a TPO.

Please contact our Arboricultural Officer on 01295 221708 (South) or on 01295 221 804 (North) or email ssls@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

How will I know when a Local Planning Authority (LPA) makes a TPO?

We will write to the owner/occupier and other interested parties enclosing a copy of the TPO. If we do not know the details of the owner we may place a copy of the TPO, providing all necessary information, in a prominent location as near to the site of the tree as possible.