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Tree preservation orders

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) were introduced in the late 1940s to enable Local Planning Authorities to protect important trees.

TPOs can be made on single trees, groups of trees, areas of trees or whole woodlands. The Authority has a duty to make TPOs if it is felt that the loss of trees would be detrimental to the local amenity. TPOs are more commonly imposed in urban environments but are not restricted to any particular setting.

TPO controls prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without prior consent from the Local Planning Authority. You may find the guide to protected trees useful.

We can make new TPOs where we consider that trees may be under threat from inappropriate works, and where such works would be detrimental to the public amenity they provide.

Unauthorised works to protected trees without prior consent can result in prosecution and an unlimited fine for each offence. There may also be a requirement to replace felled trees. So, before undertaking any works to TPO trees you must submit an application to us.

Senior Tree Officer


'Our work protects special and important trees that contribute to the character of the New Forest.'

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