A Tree Protection Plan is a scaled drawing, developed in CAD software, which shows the measures that need to be put in place to ensure the safety and long-term viability of retained trees. Site-specific protection measures are there to ensure that Contractors on site have clear, unambiguous, guidance on the steps they need to take to protect onsite trees. The physical protection of trees during the construction process is the best way to ensure successful retention. This will impact the available space for construction work and, consequently, the siting of buildings.

The Tree Protection Plan is usually required as a component of an Arboricultural Impact Assessment and forms part of an Arboricultural Method Statement.