Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Where we want to protect individual trees, groups of trees or woodlands, we put a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) in place. This means anyone wishing to lop, fell or remove a tree covered by a TPO must obtain planning consent.

Where are they located?

Download our list, with layout plans, of all Tree Preservation Orders (PDF, 5.34mb) in North Ayrshire, or view them on our map.

How are they publicised?

You will be notified if you are the owner of a property which is subject to the renewal of a TPO. This will also be advertised in local newspapers.

Sanctions against violation of the TPO

Trees protected by a TPO cannot be lopped, topped of felled without permission. If you do not seek prior permission, the council has the power to take action to stop the work and may require you to replace any damaged trees. You may also be prosecuted by the Sheriff Court and could incur a fine of up to £20,000.

Working on trees in conservation areas

It is an offence to carry out work on trees in conservation areas, whether protected by a TPO or not, unless consent is given by the Council, or the Council has been given 6 weeks notice.

Apply for consent

Applications for obtaining consent and notifying works can be made in the following ways:

Apply online

You do not need to apply for separate consent for tree works if you are applying for and are granted full planning permission.

More information can be found in e-planning guidelines (PDF, 121kb).

Ash Dieback

Ash Dieback – which results in leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees and can lead to tree death – has had a significant impact in the UK following its discovery in England.

No case of the disease has been discovered in North Ayrshire. People using our woodlands and paths are asked to follow precautionary steps to prevent it spreading to the area:

  • keep to the core path network to reduce potential for spreading the disease
  • become familiar with ash trees and the symptoms of Ash Dieback
  • report potential cases to the Forestry Commission

Signs will be posted in council owned woodlands, including Eglinton Park and Spiers School grounds, to raise awareness.

The council has stopped purchasing and planting ash trees while the situation continues.

Further information

The Scottish Government produces guidance on Conservation Areas.

Contact us for advice regarding Tree Preservation Orders.