Tree preservation orders
Some trees within National Parks are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. This means that it is an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot or wilfully damage or destroy the tree, without first obtaining permission from the National Park Authority. There can be a fine of up to £20,000 for undertaking work to protected trees without permission.
Trees are protected if they're judged to give amenity value or enjoyment to the public. They can be made to individual trees, groups, areas of trees or to whole woodlands. Shrubs, bushes and hedges cannot be protected by tree preservation orders.
Not all trees are protected by tree preservation orders. But if you're planning to work on a tree or you are concerned that someone else is going to, contact your National Park Authority. They can then investigate whether it is protected.
Trees in conservation areas
If you want to undertake work to a tree in a conservation area, you will need to give the National Park Authority at least six weeks notice. This allows them to assess whether the tree should be protected by a tree preservation order.
The links below will take you to other websites for more information.
- Department for Communities and Local Government - Tree preservation orders: a guide to the law and good practice
- Dartmoor National Park - Tree preservation orders
- Exmoor National Park - Tree preservation orders
- Lake District National Park - Tree preservation
- New Forest National Park - Tree preservation orders
- Northumberland National Park - Tree preservation orders
- North York Moors National Park - Tree preservation orders
- Yorkshire Dales National Park - Tree preservation orders