Posted: October 7, 2023

Understanding Tree Preservation Orders

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Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Trees offer a host of benefits, both aesthetic and ecological. But what happens when these green guardians are threatened? 

A Tree Preservation Order, commonly referred to as TPO, is used to protect trees within a community. They’re an essential tool and are commonly found across the UK.

In this article, we explain everything you need to know about Tree Preservation Orders.

Simply put, a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is a part of the United Kingdom’s planning legislation designed to protect individual trees, groups of trees or even whole woodlands from deliberate damage or destruction. 

Why are TPOs Important?

When a tree is under a TPO, activities such as felling, lopping or uprooting become heavily regulated. Without the proper TPO help, even the best intentions could land you in hot water, legally speaking. It’s not just about preserving the tree — it’s about maintaining the balance of an ecosystem.

What Does a TPO Cover?

TPOs aren’t one-size-fits-all. The provisions can vary, sometimes focusing on a single tree and other times on an entire forest. The order can forbid different forms of tree work, such as:

Fircroft’s Approach to TPO Challenges

At Fircroft Tree Surgery, we have been providing crown management, tree felling and stump removal, always following the stipulations of the TPO Tree laws. Our fully trained, fully accredited tree surgeons combine state-of-the-art techniques with great experience, ensuring each project aligns with environmental regulations.

Our Full Range of Services Beyond TPOs

Whether you’re grappling with TPO issues or looking to shape that untamed hedge, we offer a variety of commercial and domestic services to help. From diagnosis and removal of diseased trees to simple garden touch-ups, we operate with efficiency, professionalism and exceptional customer service. Our services extend to all clients in St Albans, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead and throughout Hertfordshire

Looking to explore more about TPOs or discuss how we can elevate your green space? Contact us today for more information or to book a site survey.

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