A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is made by the Council to protect specific trees from deliberate damage and destruction. This could include felling, lopping, topping, uprooting or otherwise wilful damage. The Order can be placed on any tree but it's most commonly used for trees with a high nature conservation value.
A tree with a TPO placed on it needs the written permission of the Council before any work can be done that might affect it in any way. Anyone damaging a tree with a TPO could face prosecution. A TPO does not offer absolute protection for trees though and applications can be made to remove a tree with an order for a variety of different reasons.
Permission for tree works to tree(s) affected by a TPO is sought by submitting a standard planning application. Details on how to submit a planning application can be found on our Planning Application Forms
We hold details of all TPOs in East Ayrshire and you should contact us to check that any tree you wish to fell or carry out work on is not covered by a TPO. TPO's can also be viewed on our Online Mapping, under the General Planning Layers group.