Tree Preservation Orders 

Planning Permission for Tree Work

Trees are an important part of our environment offering great amenity value and enhancing the areas we live, work and play. Chapel Tree Services work closely with the Tree Officers in Herefordshire, Monmouth and the Forest of Dean to ensure that any work we carry out is done with the appropriate permission.


Tree Preservation Orders

In order to protect trees of particular value, local planning authorities can issue a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). These can cover an individual tree or a group of trees or area of trees and woodlands and there are around 500 Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) in Herefordshire, covering 743,000 individual trees. These orders prohibit the cutting down or pruning of trees as well as any wilful damage or destruction of the trees.


Tree preservation order map

These orders can be viewed on the Tree Preservation Order map for each authority. Herefordshire Council and Forest of Dean Council have interactive maps for their Tree Preservation Orders. For Monmouthshire you have to contact the Tree Officer.


Conservation Areas in Herefordshire

Trees in the UK (over 7.5cm in diameter) are also protected if they fall within a conservation area, an area of special architectural or historic interest which is covered by planning legislation to preserve or enhance their character or appearance. There are currently 64 conservation areas in Herefordshire and much of Ross on Wye’s town centre and riverside is protected by a conservation area.


Planning permission for Tree Work 

Trees within a conservation area or subject to a tree preservation order (TPO) must not be cut or damaged without permission from the relevant authority. The penalty for cutting trees without consent is up to a £20,000 fine. For trees in a conservation area the Council have 6 weeks to consider the application and decide whether to grant consent or make an Order on the tree. For trees already covered by a tree preservation order (TPO) the Council has 8 weeks to review the application and will work with various stakeholders to see if there are any objections to the proposed work.


We can check tree preservation orders for you


At Chapel Trees we will check if there are any restrictions on your trees at the time of quoting for any work and if a planning application is required, we will take care of this on your behalf. We will complete the planning forms, provide location maps, a detailed assessment of the tree work required and liaise with the Council Tree Officer in Hereford Council, Monmouth Council or the Forest of Dean Council on your behalf including any site visits required by the authority. All this is included in our pricing. If consent is not granted we charge a small administrative fee for the work carried out and can help with the appeals process if appropriate.

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