We erected 4000m post and rail fencing to protect many individual protected trees with a TPO (Tree Preservation Order), including some wonderful old Limes and Beech trees in September. This took us about 5 weeks but was a very satisfying job to have completed.
At Conversation Contractors, we work with our clients to submit applications for any tree work governed by TPOs to the appropriate planning authority.
Tree Preservation Orders
This is an extract from The Arboricultural Association of which we are members:
“TPOs are administered by Local Planning Authorities (LPA) (e.g. a borough, district or unitary council or a national park authority) and are made to protect trees that bring significant amenity benefit to the local area. This protection is particularly important where trees are under threat.
All types of tree, but not hedges, bushes or shrubs, can be protected, and a TPO can protect anything from a single tree to all trees within a defined area or woodland. Any species can be protected, but no species is automatically protected by a Tree Preservation Order.
A TPO is a written order which, in general, makes it a criminal offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree protected by that order, or to cause or permit such actions, without the authority’s permission. Anyone found guilty of such an offence is liable. In serious cases, the case may be dealt with in the Crown Court where an unlimited fine can be imposed”. For full details please see the ARB website link here
The picture shows the final stretch of tree clearance over a tributary to the River Avon undertaken in October. Our task was to clear about a one mile stretch of the trees that were obstructing the waterway. It was wet underfoot and wetter outside, but it was a good job done and the waterway is now clear of vegetation for the next 20 years. See also our post on willow pollarding, as part of the same project.
Patney is in the Vale of Pewsey about 4.5 miles south-east of Devizes.
See our brief video showing the removal of self-set Alder trees
Close Board Fencing is renowned for its strength and versatility, without sacrificing its appearance. Also referred to as Featheredge or Featherboard, it is formed by vertical feather edge boards that each partially overlaps and fix to the rear horizontal supporting wooden rails.
Our challenge here was to dig out a 450mm conifer hedge together with the ground stumps. We then erected 1.8m ( 6)’ of close board fencing at a domestic client’s home. Looks good, what do you think?