Tree Consulting: What Is A Tree Preservation Order?

Tree consulting is work undertaken by qualified arborists in the UK. They can record data on trees within a property or locale, as well as offer advice on the treatment of trees. The latter is a big part of the day-to-day job of an arborist – particularly when it comes to tree preservation orders.

For those who have received such orders for trees on their land, or during the process of obtaining planning permission for an area of land, what does such an order mean? A tree preservation order happens when a local planning authority (or, sometimes, a county council) has ordered the protection of either a specific tree, a group of trees or even a small patch of woodlands. It prohibits the uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful destruction, wilful damage and cutting down of such trees protected under this order without written consent from the authority. The cutting of roots is also prohibited according to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Those who have been granted planning permission may find such an order has been sent to them. It is the duty of such individuals or businesses to ensure tree preservation and tree planting is in their plans. Just as those with unprotected trees, those with protected trees must manage the tree populace that lies within their responsibilities. This is where an arborist can help. Advice from such a tree consultant can help landowners and developers become aware of their options as well as their responsibilities. The advice from an arborist will usually come in the form of a tree survey.

This is precisely what our team of arborist tree consulting experts do at Braemar Arboriculture Limited. We work with individuals, businesses and groups to ensure that there is a management plan in place to help ensure the health and well-being of both the trees in question and those around them. To find out more, please visit, or email