The map below shows the locations of trees with preservation orders on them - for further information, hover over the location.

A tree preservation order (TPO) is made to protect specific trees or a particular woodland from deliberate damage and destruction. They are designed to prevent the felling, lopping, topping, uprooting or otherwise wilful damaging of trees without the permission to do so.

TPOs can be made very quickly and in practice it is normal for a council to make an emergency TPO in less than a day in cases of immediate danger to trees - although the trees need to be worthy and capable of protection. However, if the case is not urgent it will take longer.

Applying for work to trees protected by a TPO

If your trees are protected, you need written permission to remove them, or to do any tree surgery.

If you remove trees or do work to them without permission you could be prosecuted. Trees in conservation areas are also protected. To find out if your trees are protected, or to let us know if work is being done to protected trees, please get in touch with us using the form below.

Tree management

We are responsible for the efficient management of trees in Authority ownership within Bolton.

Trees that grow in council owned property or on public open spaces are also are deemed as council property. Anyone wilfully damaging these can be prosecuted.

The Authority has its own professional tree maintenance team who carries out all appropriate tree care and maintenance to trees owned by the council.

Always contact us before carrying out work on trees in your garden to ensure that the trees are not protected by a Tree Protection Order, planning constraints or in a conservation area.

If you have any queries or would like advice about tree care and maintenance, please use the:


Town Hall

Victoria Square



Telephone 01204 336000
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