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, public land and in rear gardens. They can cover single trees, groups of trees or areas of trees or woodlands - but not hedges or shrubs.

Government guidance: Tree Preservation Orders

Please use our Tree works application guidance as a starting point for considering works to trees.

Protected trees

Coventry has made over 480 Tree Preservation Orders. Orders have been placed on approximately 2,042 individual trees, 418 groups of trees and 32 woodlands. The average Order contains about 10 trees, so approximately 4,800 trees are protected within the City.


If you deliberately destroy a protected tree, or damage it in a manner likely to destroy it, you could be liable to fines up to £20,000 plus a criminal record. You could also be fined if you cause or allow such work. Other offences can lead to unlimited fines or imprisonment.

Tree Preservation Officer

Address: PO Box 15
Council House
Earl Street

Telephone: 024 7697 2219