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Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Last Modified October 19, 2015

Trees are an important part of our landscape and environment; they take decades to mature but only minutes to remove or harm. Our trees can often be threatened by development, so there are powers in place to protect them using Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).

In conservation areas, trees above a certain size automatically have a certain level of protection, as they contribute to the character of the area. Please see our Trees in conservation areas page for more information.

For information on trees in parks, on highways and in other public spaces please see the tree contacts page.

Large evergreen tree (Wellingtonia/Giant Redwood) in Oakmere ParkOur frequently asked questions may help you with common questions about Tree Preservation Orders.


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If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please contact our trees team at planning.trees@hertsmere.gov.uk or at the Civic Offices below.

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