If your council doesn’t provide an easily accessible public list of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) does that mean
a) your council gives no shits about trees
a.i.) will prosecute you after the event as money is worth more to them than trees
a.ii.) will not even keep tabs on what is happening because they doubly give no shits about trees
b) some method of extra caring about trees and the environment and social benefits of specific trees with large cultural values protected by British law that I’m not aware of
Officially they only have to provide a print out list of TPOs in their offices in person. However given this council area covers a super rural tract of land with a poor public transport network, that’s, quite frankly, putting a huge level of importance on private transport access. Thankfully we’re now in the modern age of websites; the vast majority of local councils also provide the info in pdf form (whether viewable online or downloadable) as that’s piss easy to provide and update, while benefiting people and trees all round. My local council has an impressive…. blank…. for documentation.
- They do not even state approximately how many trees are under their jurisdiction.
- There’s no information outline as to how to/ when you need to a apply for permission, and their wording on the details is not loophole free.
I’ve just sent them an email asking if any of my garden is covered. And casually throwing in links to two other councils
- One rural county council just down the road (I live right on the county border) who have an interactive map. Focus on location rather than tree details, but with clear order numbers for if you need to contact for more detail. And most importantly, you can easily see if you’re not affected.
- One urban council who focus on tree species with a text list of location. Less visual than the above, but incredibly easy for checking out if your garden/ street is covered. Slightly more challenging for locations without street names.
Hmmmmm. I do not wait with bated breath.
Update: Someone from the council replied to my request with a map. “A map!” you say, for a map is easy to understand. Alas no, this map is from 1978; before my house was built. There are long extinct field boundaries marked, but not modern day garden boundaries. It’s the least helpful help imaginable, and no additional information is supplied.