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Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) can be placed on trees to protect them from being needlessly removed or damaged.
Cheshire East Council is responsible making and enforcing tree preservation orders except where trees are located within the Peak District National Park.

TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilfully damaging or wilful destruction of trees without the consent of the local authority. Offences can be punishable by a fine of up to £20,000.

All trees in conservation areas, regardless of species, are protected by the conservation area status where the trunk diameter is greater than 75mm when measured at 1.5m above ground level.

To apply to carry out works on a protected tree, you must apply to Cheshire East Council for the works.

You can report a suspected breach of a Tree Preservation Order to the Cheshire East Enforcement Team by filling in their online form: Report a breach of TPO.

Applying for a TPO

An Order can be used to protect individual trees, trees within an area, groups of trees or whole woodlands. Protected trees can be of any size or species.

Authorities may only use an Order to protect anything that may ordinarily be termed a tree. This would not normally include shrubs, but could include, for example, trees in a hedge or an old hedge which has become a line of trees of a reasonable height. The removal of countryside hedgerows is regulated under different legislation.

If you wish to suggest a tree or group of trees in Bollington to be registered, please contact the Town Clerk on [email protected] with the following information:

  • details of the location of trees,
  • reasons why it is considered appropriate for the trees to be considered for formal protection,
  • details of any threat to the trees removal which may be imminent.

TPO map

Cheshire East Council maintains a map of trees with a TPO.

Tpo Map For Bollington