Leeds launches real-time online TPO guide in bid to prevent illegal felling

The locations of all protected trees in Leeds can now be viewed online via a new interactive mapping service.

The new service offered by Leeds City Council shows all of the Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) currently in place across the city, of which there are around 2,100, some dating back to 1945, and covering single trees up to large areas of woodland.

The new system allows searches by address or postcode, and will even work with location detection on smartphones to identify protected trees near the user. It also identifies the 79 Conservation Areas across the city, in which trees are also protected.

The council said tree contractors have already tested the system, and will benefit from being able to check in real-time the location of any protected trees on-site, so reducing the risk of unauthorised work being carried out.

Its executive member for the environment and active lifestyles Councillor Mohammed Rafique said: "This will help anyone who is unsure to be able to check the position easily and quickly, and will help all gardeners and professionals who work around trees every day with the result being better protection for our environment."

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