Tree preservation orders

What tree preservation orders cover, how they're chosen and how you can request one.

What is a tree preservation order?

A tree preservation order (TPO) is a type of order that's used to protect selected trees and woodlands. In general, TPOs are used in situations where the removal of trees would have an unacceptable and significant impact on:

  • the local environment
  • the public's enjoyment of a space

A TPO can be made for:

  • individual trees
  • groups of trees
  • areas and woodlands

TPOs prohibit measures such as:

  • topping
  • lopping
  • uprooting
  • wilful damage
  • wilful destruction
  • cutting down

Tree management

A TPO does not prevent the management or maintenance of trees. However, if you plan to carry out work on TPO-protected trees, make sure you read our page on carrying out works on protected trees.

How TPOs are chosen

TPOs can be chosen for several reasons, including:

  • the preservation of trees or woodland in the interest of amenity
  • the safeguarding of trees or woodland against unnecessary or indiscriminate felling
  • the preservation of wildlife habitats, including the protection of 'shelter belts'
  • the screening of a nearby development
  • the need to preserve trees that have historic significance or that are unusual species

For trees or woodlands to be protected by a TPO, they should normally be visible from a public place, such as a road or a footpath. However, in some cases, trees in other types of area can receive this type of protection.

How a TPO affects the owner or occupier

If a TPO is in place, you must get permission to cut down, top, lop or uproot a tree. If you do this without getting our consent, you may receive a significant fine. This is also the case if you carry out works on trees within conservation areas.

We welcome proposals for TPO's from property owners/the public. You can send these proposals to

If you want to request a TPO

You can request a TPO for:

  • an individual tree
  • a group of trees
  • an area containing multiple trees

To do this, send us:

  • a short description of the tree or trees
  • a map or plan that shows where the tree is
  • a photo of the tree

You can email this information to

We'll visit and assess the site, and we'll advise you whether or not Stirling Council will promote a TPO. When we make a TPO it takes effect immediately and lasts for 6 months. A notice and a copy of the order are then made available for viewing and making representations.

Before the 6 months expiry of the order any representations must be considered along with the order and a decision made on whether to confirm the order.

TPOs in the Stirling Council area

For information on the location of TPO-protected trees in the Stirling Council area, email