A Tree Preservation order (TPO) is a written order which makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage, or destroy a tree protected by the order without our permission.
We use TPOs to protect trees that have a significant visual impact on the environment, including individual trees, groups of trees, and those in defined areas or woodlands.
If you feel an important tree, group of trees or woodland is under threat, you can ask us to protect them with a TPO by writing to Development Control, Barnsley Council, Planning and Transportation, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 6GG.
Works to trees covered by a TPO
In most circumstances, if you want to fell or prune a protected tree, you must apply for permission. Application forms are available from the planning portal.
In some circumstances, we may allow pruning or removal to accommodate development, but the TPO means we can control any works and arrange new planting to replace trees that are removed.
If you deliberately damage or destroy a protected tree, you could be liable to fines of up to £20,000 via the Magistrates Court, or unlimited fines via the Crown Court. You could also be fined if you cause or permit such work.
If you become aware of anyone pruning or felling a protected tree, without permission, call our enforcement team on (01226) 772468.