Are you in need of a tree surgeon in and around Leatherhead? LJN Tree Surgery is here to help. We specialise in stump removal, stump grinding, site clearances and other tree works in the local Surrey area.
If you have already started researching the various types of tree work available, you may have encountered the term TPO. These are not to be ignored as you could face legal action from the local authority. We would like to explain exactly what TPOs are and how you can ensure your proposed tree surgery fully complies with them.
TPO is shorthand for ‘tree preservation order.’ It is a legal written document that protects trees for environmental and aesthetic reasons, as well as for the enjoyment of the public. A TPO can protect anything from a single tree to an entire area.
A TPO can come from numerous sources. These include your local authority or borough council and a national park authority. If a tree has protected status, you cannot:
TPOs do not extend to hedges, shrubs and bushes.
You cannot simply ignore a TPO. You will face a charge if you proceed with any tree work without addressing it. With this in mind, it’s important to check for TPOs before any tree surgery, stump removals, stump grinding, site clearances or any tree work can begin.
You should contact your local planning authority for all the information you need about TPOs relating to trees on your property. They will allow you to inspect the records for all necessary details.
As qualified tree surgeons, we are familiar with the documentation needed for notifying your local authority about proposed work on protected trees. The local authority will inform you on how to get the necessary form.
When filling out this paperwork, you must be clear about the type of tree surgery you want us to perform and why it is necessary. As your chosen professionals, we can help make your case by assessing the tree’s health and the surrounding environment.
However, the procedure is different if your tree:
It’s best to check with your local authority in Leatherhead regarding the process for these situations.
While the notification period varies from case to case, the average time for a response regarding tree surgery on a protected tree is around eight weeks. As specialists with all kinds of tree work (including site clearances, stump removal, and stump grinding), we’re experienced tree workers who can provide any further advice on this or any related issues.