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Tree Protection Orders (TPO’s) and Working in Conservation Areas

A tree preservation order (TPO) is a part of town and country planning in the United Kingdom. A TPO is made by a local planning authority (usually a local council) to protect specific trees or a particular area, group or woodland from deliberate damage and destruction. TPOs can prevent the felling, lopping, topping, uprooting or otherwise willful damaging of trees without the permission of the local planning authority. Conservation Areas afford similar forms of protection as TPO’s but apply to entire geographic areas, rather than specific trees or woodlands.

We are experienced in working with local councils and other bodies with regard to TPO’s and working in Conservation Areas. We will ascertain whether your tree(s) have TPO’s, what you are able to do with them and manage the process with the planning officer for you should you wish to have any work done on these trees.




Stumps – Removal or chemical treatment

Once a tree has been felled this will leave a stump. Often this is left as it is, perhaps used to put a plant or ornament on. If you do need this removed to allow for a new shrub or tree to be planted, or wish to turf over where the tree stood, we offer a few solutions.

We can grind out the stump to a sufficient depth to allow for replanting or turfing.

We can, in some cases, remove the entire stump and the majority of the root network too to ensure no epicormic re-growth, or, to prevent damage to surrounding paths or lawns, we can chemically inject the tree with  special pellets that will kill off all growth, including root systems, meaning that the stump will rot away over time.

Dismantling or felling

This is the complete removal of a tree. It is often necessary to remove the tree in sections, rather than simply felling it. This involves the arborist using rigging and lowering equipment to ensure no damage is caused to the surrounding conservatory, green house, garage etc. By rigging and lowering the damage to the lawn or other surface beneath the tree is limited, compared to simply dropping the limbs to the ground that may bounce and damage property or leave dents in the surface beneath the tree.

Target Pruning

This technique involves the removal of specific branches from the tree. It is often required to remove limbs that are dangerous, perhaps overhanging a conservatory, garage or pathway. The term target pruning actually relates to the final cuts that are made when completely removing a limb – close to the main stem of the tree but just outside of the branch collar. This ensures that the tree will “heal” properly and this cut does not leave unsightly tears in the bark or allow infection into the collar.


This is a form of crown reduction that reduces the size of the tree canopy in size and weight. It is often used in residential areas to minimise leaf drop and to keep a tree to a certain size, often ideal for residential gardens. It involves the removal of the upper branches of a tree and promotes a dense head of foliage and branch structure It is only suitable for certain species of trees such as beech, oak, horse chestnut and mulberry.

Crown Thinning

This is the process of reducing the density of the tree canopy or branch structure. We remove the secondary or smaller branches. This then lets more light through the canopy of the tree and can help reduce shady areas in your garden, encourage lawn growth and stimulate fresh growth of surrounding shrubs and plants.

Crown Cleaning

Often the crown (top, leafy part) of the tree harbours dead or broken branches. Crown clearing is the removal of these – important for tree health, appearance and of course, safety of those passing beneath the tree

Crown Lifting

A technique commonly used to allow more light into a garden or to show off shrubs and other trees that may be hidden. It involves removing lower branches from the tree to give more room and light to the area below and around the tree. Crown lifting also allows for path ways, driveways and lawns to become more accessible again. 

Crown Reduction

Reducing the height and width of the tree canopy whilst maintaining and, in some cases, improving the appearance of its natural shape. This is often referred to in terms of % – i.e. reduce by 15%.

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