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Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

TPOs are made by a Local Planning Authority to protect trees which make a significant contribution to the amenity of an area, particularly when they are considered to be under threat.

View map to see if a tree is protected by a TPO

Request a TPO

Anyone can request that we consider making a Tree Preservation Order on a tree. If you wish to make a recommendation for a tree to be protected please write to us providing:

  • details of the tree species, location and details as to why the tree should be protected
  • a clear plan and photographs of the tree
  • where possible details of the owner of the tree

Requests should be sent to:

Sustainability Team
Forest of Dean District Council
High Street
GL16 8HG

Factors we consider include:

  • Visibility – is or will the tree visible from a public place, i.e. road, footpath, park?
  • Size and form – is it of benefit to the present and future generations?
  • Significance of the tree within its surrounding environment – are there other trees within the area that are more significant?
  • Contribution to the amenity of the area – Do the trees or will they, contribute to the appearance/setting of an area? Do they screen an eyesore? Do they contribute to the setting of present and future developments?

Support from local residents and or organisations such as Parish/Town Council are advantageous.

Once a TPO is made

Once an Order is made the tree is protected provisionally for a period of 6 months. The owner of the tree or members of the public can object within 28 days of the Order being made. If there are no objections to the Tree Preservation Order the Order will be confirmed within 6 months. If an objection is received, the Order will be considered by the Planning Committee. They can do one of three things:

  • Confirm the Order with no modifications
  • Confirm the Order with modifications
  • Not confirm the Order - If the Order is not confirmed the tree is no longer protected.

This must be done within 6 months of making the Order.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) made since 2014


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