We are able to protect trees by making a tree preservation order (TPO). TPOs make it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without our permission.
All types of trees may be covered by a TPO. We have over 400 TPOs across Thurrock, which may relate to individual trees, groups of trees, woodlands, and in some circumstances all trees within a specified area.
Hedges, bushes and shrubs cannot be covered, although individual trees and groups of trees within a hedge may be preserved.
There are special provisions to protect trees within Conservation Areas. Where this is the case you must give 6 weeks notice of your intention to carry out any tree works by completing an application form.
Details of TPOs are available for inspection. A search of the local land charges register can be made before you purchase a property. This should reveal whether there is a TPO relating to the land. Contact our Tree Officer to find out whether a tree is the subject of a TPO.
Go to GOV.UK: appeal a decision about a tree preservation order for information on appeals.
TPOs are shown on our planning constraints map – read how to use the planning constraints map.