Trees and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Penalties for undertaking work on a protected tree

It is an offence to:

  • cut down a protected tree
  • uproot a protected tree
  • destroy a protected tree
  • damage a protected tree in a way that is likely to destroy it

A person convicted of this offence may be fined up to £20,000. An unlimited fine can also be imposed equal to the rise in land value resulting from a tree clearance.

Undertaking work on a protected tree without destroying it is also an offence carrying a fine of up to £2,500.

Liability for prosecution can include not only the individual or company that carry out the work, but also anyone who permits or engages the individual or a company.