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.
If a tree is the subject of a TPO this does not mean that Wiltshire Council is responsible for looking after it. The land owner remains responsible for the trees, their condition and any damage they may cause. If a tree is dangerous Wiltshire 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 on Wiltshire Council's on-line mapping service by clicking here. (When on the map click on "planning layers" and then tick TPOs).