What can I do about my neighbours trees?

Trees are an essential part of the landscape and have many benefits, but it is recognised that they can cause some concern to neighbours. Typical issues caused by trees on adjoining land are excessive shading to garden and rooms of the house and the seasonal shedding of leaves, fruit and flowers to name only a few.

If the tree(s) is not covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or within a Conservation Area, under Common Law, you may cut back any branches and roots encroaching onto your land provided you don't remove so much as to prejudice the health and safety of the tree. Unless you you have the tree owner's consent you must not remove any part of the tree/hedge on their side of the boundary including reducing the tree/hedge in height.

Exercise reasonable care and take advice from an expert if you are concerned. You don't need permission from the tree owner to do this, but anything you remove belongs to them. You must either pass the arisings over the fence (don't cause damage to their property in doing so) or offer to dispose of the arisings on their behalf. If the offending vegetation is a hedge, this won't be covered by TPO and so you may proceed without checking this.

Unless you have permission to enter the neighbour's land to carry out the work, you must undertake it from your side of the boundary. You are responsible for bearing the full cost of the work not the tree owner. However it may be useful to discuss the matter with the tree owner and try to negotiate on cost sharing or a more permanent solution.

Before carrying out any tree work, make sure that you have the necessary permission from the Council if the trees are covered by a TPO or within a Conservation Area.

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