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Tree Preservation Orders – Check Before You Start

At Connick Tree Care, you can be ensured we always check for any Tree Preservation Orders or Conservation Areas before we start.

Below is an example of someone who did not use Connick Tree Care.

Yusuf Jassat, the manager of the centre of New Ash Green, in Kent, “pleaded guilty to the charge of causing or permitting the felling of three trees that were covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Friday 12 January”.

He was concerned about an insurance claim, should a member of the public injure themselves from a trip or fall caused by uneven paths where tree roots had lifted the paving.

The courts felt that Jassat should have known that the trees were covered by a TPO when he asked the contractor to fell the trees and that his actions were deliberate.

The fine received was £5,000 and £3,600 in costs to be paid to the Council. Jassat has also agreed to replace the trees.

Source: Reported by Horticulture Week on 19th January 2018

How do you know if your tree is covered by a TPO?

Before we carry out any tree work we always carry out a TPO and Conservation Area check, so customers of Connick Tree Care have peace of mind that they will not be contravening these rules.

If the tree is covered by a TPO or Conservation Area, we present to the Council the work that needs to be carried and gain their required approval.

We will complete and submit a detailed TPO application on your behalf. We will pursue and ensure this process is completed as speedy as possible.

Local Authorities vary in the time it takes to complete, they have a statutory 6 weeks to return an application. We must receive a response before works commence. A tree in a Conservation Area will also require an application submitted by Connick Tree Care. If after 6 weeks we have no response, works can proceed.

More information:

Gov.uk Guidance on Tree Preservation Orders and Trees in Conservation Areas