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Tree preservation orders

A tree preservation order (TPO) is an order made by us, intended to protect one or more trees or woodland if its removal would have a significant impact on the local environment and its enjoyment by the public.

An example of a fallen London Plane tree leaf in a stream

Tree preservation orders may be used to protect:

  • trees in private gardens
  • trees on land affected by a planning application
  • trees on open land
  • single trees, groups of trees and woodlands.

Across Merton there are over 600 tree preservation orders. The number of trees in any one order may vary from a single tree, group of trees, an area of trees, or even a woodland.

Is your tree protected?

If you would like to find out if a tree is protected then please visit the following page:

Tree preservation order list

Carrying out work on a protected tree

You need to apply for tree work consent if you intend to carry out work on a tree that is covered by a tree preservation order.

Tree works applications

Requesting a tree preservation order

If you are concerned about a particular tree in your area and would like us to consider making a tree preservation order then please write to us and provide:

Autumn colours of  a Maple tree

  • details of its property address
  • the species
  • location of the tree within that address
  • the reasons why you would like to see the tree preserved

We will then make an assessment of the tree and keep you informed on the progress of your request.

Please contact us if you would like to obtain a copy of a tree preservation order. There is a charge associated with this service.

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Contact us

Development Control
London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Tel: 020 8545 3777

This page was last updated on Tuesday 7 April 2015

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