Tree preservation orders and conservation areas

Request for a tree to be protected

Anyone who wants the council to give a TPO should contact the Development Management department and state the reasons why it is important to protect a particular tree.

We'll consider requests against the three main criteria:

  • the tree's particular importance in terms of size, form, rarity, screening value or contribution to the character or appearance of a conservation area
  • the significance of the tree(s) in their local surrounding and wider impact on the environment
  • give a TPO as a precautionary measure if there is reason to believe the tree could be at risk in the future

We do not normally consider it necessary to make TPO's for trees which are under a recognised tree management programme, such as trees managed by the tree section or woodland managed by other organisations on our behalf (eg Sydenham Hill Woods).

Page last updated: 18 July 2023


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