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.
Find out if a tree is protected by a TPO
You can find out if a tree is protected by a TPO on the map below.
Start by searching for a location using a postcode or address, or zoom into an area of the map.
Trees protected by a TPO are shown as a green dot. You can select a dot to find out more about the TPO, including whether it covers a single tree/group of trees and a description.
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. You can apply on the Planning Portal website.
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.
Reporting works to a protected tree without permission
If you become aware of anyone pruning or felling a protected tree without permission, contact us using our online form or call our enforcement team on (01226) 773555.
Request a tree to be protected
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.