Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:02
All species of tree can be covered by a TPO, there are very, very few exceptions such as a working commercial orchard. A TPO can be applied to individual trees, groups of trees, an entire area or a woodland. So it is quite easy to cover all the garden trees in a village with a single TPO.
This is why no tree surgeon will touch a tree unless you can prove that it is legal to do so. There is no need to remove a TPO in order to work on it, you just need to get permission first. Most tree surgeons will help with making the application to work on a tree.
If a tree is under threat then an emergency TPO can be granted within a day. So beware of trying to take pre-emptive action. Your neighbours may not share your enthusiasm for tree destruction and report the matter to the Council. So the only sensible way forward is a civilised discussion with the tree owner, probably offering to pay for the work, the get a qualified tree professional in to help get permission and do the work.