Houses, warehouses, roads – there is a lot of competition for space in our communities but spare a thought for the humble tree.
Development, unfortunately, often comes at a price for nature.
And this is the time that Tree Preservation Orders frequently come into play to protect trees of special interest.
What does a Tree Preservation Order mean?
A Tree Preservation Order is made by a council to protect a tree or woodland from harm or destruction following an application, which anyone is free to make.
If a Tree Preservation Order exists for a tree on your property you need to abide by it or face prosecution.
The order forbids:
- Deliberate damage or destruction
In light of the restrictions put in place by a Tree Preservation Order it is often necessary to apply to the borough council to carry out work to any tree that is subject to an order.
Carrying out work on a protected tree
Despite the restrictions in place it is the duty of the homeowner to ensure that the tree is properly maintained.
Carrying out work to a tree under a Tree Preservation Order can involve putting a form together detailing what work is required and why it is needed. Councils do have the right to refuse the work.
When an application for work on a protected tree is approved the council will reply with a written response.
Delicacy and thoroughness are essential to make sure that work is properly carried out when a Tree Preservation Order is in place.
Rather than take on the complicated task yourself it is wise to seek the help of a tree surgeon, who can advise on the work needed and how to go about it.
If you have any concerns about a tree on your property contact Garden Busters for expert advice.