Trees and tree preservation orders

We have a duty to protect trees in the borough and those which are particularly important are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).

These orders make it an offence to remove, prune or damage protected trees even if they are on private land. If you want to carry out work on a tree which is subject to a Tree Preservation Order, you will need to obtain our permission.

For more detailed information on TPOs, visit

To find out if a tree has a TPO please check the TPO list (pdf), for more details about the specific trees affected and to obtain copies of TPOs, please contact us:

020 8753 1081

Copies of TPOs cost £15 each. You can pay by credit or debit card over the phone, please do not send cheques or cash.

You need to apply for permission to work on a tree protected by a TPO. Please contact the Planning Division at the email address above and ask for an application form or you can download the form - Application for tree works form (pdf)

Guidance on how to fill in the application for tree works form (pdf)

More information about the planning regulations and procedures for tree protection and preservation is available in the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Protected Trees Guide.

Trees in conservation areas

Even if a tree is not protected by a TPO, it may be in a conservation area. If you want to prune or remove a tree on private land in a conservation area, you will need to give us six weeks’ written notice. This only applies to trees with a trunk diameter of 75 mm or more. Please download the form - Works to trees subject to TPOs form (pdf)

Guidance on how to fill in the tree works form (pdf)

For more details about working on a tree in a conservation area, visit

To find out if a tree is in a conservation area please use the property search visit our conservation areas page.

Report a problem

To report a problem with a tree on a street, in a park or on other council-owned land in the borough, please use the online reporting system:

Report a problem with trees

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