So what do you do to save a tree you don’t want someone cutting down?

You get a TPO – a tree preservation order – put on it.

But how do you do that?

You get onto the council’s planning department . You can write to the Planning Department, Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XZ and/or email them on . Or, if you prefer, ring 01843 577150.

Tell them where the tree is and why you think it shouldn’t be cut down.

Good reasons to save it include…

how good it looks

how important it is to the landscape, your view

how it stops you just looking at boring old buildings,

how important it is for the wildlife – the birds, insects etc.

Other phrases that may help, depending on where the tree is…

“It is a significant neighbourhood amenity.”

“Cutting it down will only create pressure to remove more trees.”

“It’s important piece of green space.”

“It’s a stepping stone… linking together the few remaining havens for wildlife.”

“It ‘s in an open landscaped areas.”

Tell them, too, any reasons you have for thinking the tree might be under threat.

Typical reasons are…

you believe the person who owns the land wants to get rid of it to build something there,

or – on a smaller scale – the landowner doesn’t don’t want it shedding leaves on their path or spreading its roots about their garden and so on.

The council will check that the tree is “healthy and stable”.

Watch out for this as they will often justify cutting a tree down by saying it’s “diseased”. It may or – may not be – diseased enough to cut it down.

So, if you’re really serious about saving this tree, get hold of a tree expert to give you an independent opinion and pass this onto the council.

Finally, ask the council when they’re likely to make their decision about the TPO and then chase and chase them up.

If you don’t make headway with the planning department, contact your councillor in Thanet District Council and ask her/him to do something about it.