The law empowers local planning authorities to protect trees in the interests of amenity by making Tree Preservation Orders. There are more than 250 Tree Preservation Orders in South Northants District covering thousands of  trees. These Orders are used to protect selected trees and woodlands if  their removal would have a significant impact on the environment and its enjoyment by the public. Trees may be worthy of preservation for their intrinsic beauty or for their contribution to the landscape. Tree Preservation Orders may be made as a result of a direct threat of felling, or as a precautionary measure.

If you wish to carry out work to a protected tree, you must first apply for consent from South Northamptonshire Council.

Click on the above image to access District Council Supplementary Planning Guidance on Tree Preservation Orders. (Sorry, this appears to be currently unavailable).