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Tree preservation orders

A tree preservation order (TPO) is an order made by the council for trees and woodlands to stop the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of protected trees or woodlands.

Trees can be protected by a TPO or by being in a conservation area.

Permission to carry out work on protected treesTPO

If you want to carry out work on protected trees (including pruning, thinning or felling), you must apply to the council for permission. To do this you need to complete a TPO form.

You can:

So that your application can be properly understood, please provide a detailed description of the proposed works to each tree and of the reasons for making the application. The information we need includes:

location of trees to which this application relates work to be carried out - specifying exact operations eg felling, thinning, crown lifting etc  reasons for carrying out work preferred proposals for replacement planting, if applicable.

You can search a register of addresses to check if a property has applied to carry out work to protected trees.

Help and advice

If you want help or advice on appropriate works - or if you wish to discuss your application before submitting it - please contact Dave Thornber to discuss, or arrange a site meeting.

If you would like to choose a tree contractor that has been vetted and approved by the council, please visit our approved arboricultural contractors page.

The tree care information section of the Trees Are Good website (external link) has lots of useful information about hiring an arborist pruning mature and young trees mature tree care insect and disease problems.



Your West Lancashire

Information for where you live


Roland Jones

Tree and Landscape Officer


01695 585168

David Thornber
Arboricultural Officer
01695 585114