Tree Preservation Orders are used to protect trees which improve the quality of our local area, they can be placed on any suitable tree, including trees on private land and in rear gardens. They can cover single trees, groups of trees or woodlands but not hedges or shrubs.
Coventry has made over 448 Tree Preservation Orders. Orders have been placed on more than 2,000 individual trees, 400 groups of trees and 30 woodlands. The average order contains about 10 trees, so approximately 4,110 trees are protected within the city.
Trees in conservation areas are also protected and cannot be worked on without an application to us.
If you deliberately destroy a protected tree, or damage it in a manner likely to destroy it, you could be liable to an unlimited fine. You could also be fined if you cause or allow such work. Other offences can lead to fines of up to £20,000.