BTC/104/2015 - According To Barrell ... Tree protection must be brought up to date. Horticulture Week Opinion (July 2015)
Protecting trees through tree preservation orders was historically a good idea but the modern reality is somewhat different. Similarly, conservation areas effectively protect local character, but to apply those same principles to trees is a step too far.
Legislation conceived in good faith is no longer fit for purpose because it is cumbersome and complex to administer, and it fails to focus scarce resources where they are most needed.