About tree preservation orders (TPO) | Applications for works to trees | Medway Council

About tree preservation orders (TPO)

There are standards and regulations that need to be followed when planning work to or near trees. There are additional conditions attached to trees that are protected under TPOs.

A TPO:

  • makes it a criminal offence to cut down, uproot, damage or destroy a protected tree
  • requires you to complete and return an application to us for tree works.

If you complete works to a tree with a TPO without getting the consent needed you could face conviction or a fine of up to £20,000.

To complete works to trees you will need to: