Melksham Without Parish Council
Tree Preservation Orders
A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an order made by Wiltshire Council to protect trees for the public¬s enjoyment. In general, a TPO makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot or wilfully destroy a tree.
If a tree is protected by a TPO you will need to apply for permission to carry out any works to it or you could be fined up to £20,000.
If a tree is the subject of a TPO this does not mean that the District Council is responsible for looking after it. The owner remains responsible for the trees, their condition and any damage they may cause. If a tree is dangerous the District Council will recommend an appropriate course of action.
Trees in Conservation Areas
Trees in conservation areas are automatically protected and you will need permission to carry out any works.
If you are unsure whether a tree is protected by a TPO, please check the Register attached.
Click here to view the Register of Tree Preservation Orders for the Parish.
If you are aware of a tree that you feel should be the subject of a TPO please contact the office by email or phone 01225 705700.