Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an order that can be made by the council to protect trees that make a significant impact on their surroundings and may be under threat.

This is a legal protection and if a tree is protected by a TPO it is then an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without the Council's consent.

This means that before you do any work to a tree protected by a TPO you must apply to the Council for approval to undertake the works. To find out whether your tree is protected by a TPO please click here.


Works on Protected Trees


If you wish to apply for works to be carried out on a protected tree and you know what works you wish to undertake, please call us on 01962 848301 or email landscape@winchester.gov.uk.

If you are unsure as to what work you would like to carry out and would like to seek help, we recommend you contact a Tree Consultant before applying to the Council. A list of consultants approved by the Arboricultural Association can be found at www.trees.org.uk/find-a-professional.

We ask that you decide what works you would like to undertake before contacting the Council.

Please be warned, carrying out work on a protected tree without the Council's consent can result in a criminal prosecution and a hefty fine of up to £20 000.

If your tree is dead or dangerous consent is not required, but the Council should be given five days notice before any works are carried out, unless it is an emergency. In these situations we still advise that you notify the Council as soon as possible to minimise any negative repercussions.

If you see work being carried out on a tree that you think may be protected, contact Winchester City Council on 01962 848301 or email landscape@winchester.gov.uk.


Applying for a TPO


If you would like to apply for a TPO to be put on a tree, please call us on 01962 848301 or email us at landscape@winchester.gov.uk.