Useful links

Guidance on getting a TPO, a Tree Preservation Order. Please note that a TPO is only part of the planning process; it doesn’t forbid you ever felling/damaging a TPO tree, it just keeps you from doing it without the permission of the Local Authority.

A quick guide to the TPO legislation is in this document here, A guide to Tree Preservation procedures. More detail can be found in this on-line guidance, also published by the government, here.

Technical form that many specialists use for assessing whether a tree, trees or groups of trees are worthy of a TPO, called a TEMPO form. Associated guidance for filling in this form is here, TEMPO Notes.


Local Kent organisations, local volunteer groups, national tree organisations and national pond organisations.


Kent organisations, all of which link to Kent trees, woodland, ponds and waterbodies:

The Ash Project, run by The Kent Downs AONB, asks how we might mark and celebrate ash trees before it is too late. The project combines a major new commission by internationally recognised artists Ackroyd & Harvey with a wide ranging walks, talks and workshops programme, an online archive and a Kent wide plan for landscape restoration. The Project is collaborating across conservation and scientific research work to develop a cultural approach that will preserve memories of the tree in extraordinary and enduring ways for the generations who will live with the loss.

The Kent Heritage Trees Project, was a five year (2011-2016) heritage lottery grant funded project. The project aimed to celebrate and promote the value of heritage trees in Kent and to inspire local communities about the wonder of their local heritage trees and woodlands across Kent.

Kent Men of the Trees, an organisation which aims to enhance a love of trees and to encourage everyone to plant and protect trees in Kent. It runs the Trees in the Village competition, which Tree Wardens often participate in on behalf of their villages and towns.

The Kent Wildlife Trust, the leading conservation organisation covering the whole of Kent and Medway, dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild habitats.

The Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG), promotes Herpetofauna (reptile and amphibian) conservation in Kent, South-East England, a partner organisation to the Kent Tree and Pond Partnership. Send your records of casual sightings and full surveys to them!

The Kent Mammal Group, aims to raise awareness of the plight of the County’s mammals, promote recording and study of mammals in Kent, help to conserve mammals and to provide a forum for those interested in wild mammals.

The Kent Bat Group, (KBG) was formed in 1983 to help conserve the county’s bats. They aim to promote awareness of bats, and take action to conserve them. They are a registered charity, hold indoor meetings in the winter and actively study and research bats throughout the year.

The Kent Ornithological Society (KOS), who aim to record and monitor the county’s bird life, also running field trips and indoor meetings.

The Kent branch of Butterfly Conservation, which aims to save butterflies, moths and our environment.

The Kent group of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, was formed in March 2010 to be a focus for the recording of vascular plants in Kent.

The Kent Field Club, aims to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the natural history of Kent, England, running many field sessions, carefully recording specific groups, and the general wildlife observed

The Kent Countryside Management Projects, who help to manage habitats and landscapes across Kent, and link communities to those areas, may be low down in the list, but are definitely NOT least – SO important for conservation activities across the county!

The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, co-ordinates activities specifically in the Kent Downs AONB.

The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, co-ordinates activities specifically in the High Weald AONB of Kent and Sussex.


Local volunteer groups in Kent (warning – some of these groups may contain tree or pond wardens)

The Valley Conservation Society, exists to protect and enhance the valleys of South Maidstone for the benefit of residents, wildlife and visitors. Regular activities and work parties.

Friends of Broomfield and Herne Ponds are a group of friends and volunteers who maintain and support Broomfield and Goldspots Pond and all the lovely nature that comes with them!

The Friends of King’s Wood (near Challock) aims are to raise interest in King’s Wood, share expertise, give visitors a voice and to encourage liaison between visitors and forest users. Throughout the year the Friends hold regular guided walks and many other events.


National organisations relating to trees:

The Tree Council, the UK’s lead charity for trees, promoting their importance in a changing environment.

The Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.

The Forestry Commission, the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment.

The Royal Forestry Societyan educational charity inspiring passion and excellence in woodland management., working to gather together a resource for all those interested in the care of trees.


National organisations relating to ponds:

The Freshwater Habitats Trust, aiming to protect freshwater life for everyone to enjoy.

Froglife, Froglife’s work falls into three strands: on the ground conservation, environmental education and communication (the provision of advice/information).

The RHS page on garden wildlife ponds, with some useful further links.

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