Protected trees

Some trees in the borough are important either because of their age or because of their prominence in the landscape. Where these trees are under threat we can step in to provide legal protection by making a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

We also designate conservation areas for their cultural and heritage importance. In a conservation area all trees with a trunk diameter greater than 7.5cm, when measured at 1.5m from ground level are protected.

Check whether a tree is protected

Please note that the map is not a definitive statement of the existence/non-existence of a TPO. Contact us if you need a confirmation of a TPO.

Find out if a tree is protected

PDF document Instructions for using our mapping system(PDF) [104 kb]

Request a new TPO

If you would like to request a new TPO please read the leaflet below and complete the online application form below.

PDF document Tree protection advice and guidance(PDF) [2 Mb]

PDF document Request for a New Tree Preservation Order(PDF) [135 kb]

TPOs currently under consideration

The Tree Preservation Orders below have recently been made by the council and we are in the process of deciding whether to make them permanent. If the consultation deadline has not yet passed, you may wish to comment by emailing

Reference Title Consultation deadline Deposit end period
TPO/BDB/0700 Land at Griffons Court, Mount Close, Highclere RG20 9QS 29 March 2023 1 September 2023
TPO/BDB/0701 Land at Nately Scures House, Scures Hill, Nately Scures, Hook RG27 9JR and land lying to the South of London Road, Hook 4 April 2023 6 September 2023
TPO/BDB/0702 Land adjacent to Woodside, Soke Road, Silchester RG7 2PA 19 April 2023 21 September 2023
TPO/BDB/0703 Land at Newlands House, West Ham Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5EE 15 April 2023 16 October 2023
TPO/BDB/0704 Land to the rear of The Glade, Common Road, Headley 22 June 2023 24 November 2023
TPO/BDB/0705 Land to at 2 Boon Way, Oakley, Basingstoke, RG23 7BS 8 June 2023 30 November 2023
TPO/BDB/0707 Land at 57 Lynch Hill Park, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7NF 9 August 2023 12 January 2024
TPO/BDB/0706 Land at Mount Cottage, 7 Fairclose, Whitchurch RG28 7AN 14 August 2023 4 January 2024
TPO/BDB/0708 Land at Kiln Cottage, Scures Hill, Nately Scures Hook, Hampshire RG27 9JS 13 September 2023 16 February 2024
TPO/BDB/0709 Land at Pirates Cottage, Tubbs Lane, Highclere, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9RB 7 October 2023 7 March 2024
TPO/BDB/0710 Land at 53 Newbury Road, Kingsclere, Newbury, Hampshire RG20 5SP 11 October 2023 7 March 2024

Applications submitted for tree works can be found on the planning applications portal.

Carrying out works to a protected tree

Before carrying out work to a protected tree, you will normally need seek permission by completing an application form. There is no fee for making the application.

Application form for tree works

Help with completing your application

You might find the following documents helpful when completing your application:

PDF document Tree work application advice(PDF) [84 kb]

PDF document Example of an application(PDF) [130 kb]

PDF document Additional information template(PDF) [119 kb]

Some works, such as removing a dead tree, or removing dead branches from a live tree do not require an application. However, you do need to advise us beforehand.


It is a criminal offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage, or destroy a protected tree. The maximum fine in a Magistrate’s Court is £20,000 for each offence and in a Crown Court the fine is unlimited.

Further information

View our tree advice and FAQs webpage.

Contact details

Natural Environment Team

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