What are a tree owner’s responsibilities?
Owners of protected trees must not carry out, or cause or permit the carrying out of, any of the prohibited activities without the written consent of the local authority. As with owners of unprotected trees, they are responsible for maintaining their trees, with no statutory rules setting out how often or to what standard. The local planning authority cannot require maintenance work to be done to a tree just because it is protected. However, the authority can encourage good tree management, particularly when determining applications for consent under a Tree Preservation Order. This will help to maintain and enhance the amenity provided by protected trees.
Arboricultural advice from competent contractors and consultants, or the authority, will help to inform tree owners of their responsibilities and options. It is important that trees are inspected regularly and necessary maintenance carried out to make sure they remain safe and healthy.
Oakfield can provide advice & reports to support your application to carry out works on TPO protected trees and we can liaise with the Local Authority on your behalf.
Oakfield do not carry out any tree works so you can be confident that if you do not require any work we will not recommend it.
Town and County Planning Act 1990 (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012
s.211 Town and County Planning Act 1990 (Trees in Conservation Areas)
s.202 Town and County Planning Act 1990 (2008 and 2012 amendments)