Yes. By law, you have the right to trim branches and limbs that extend past the property line. However, the law only allows tree trimming and tree cutting up to the property line. You may not go onto the neighbors property or destroy the tree.
Can a Neighbour force me to cut down a tree UK?
You cannot force your neighbour to remove overhanging branches or fallen leaves on your property. However if these cause excessive damage, you can sue them for the cost of repair.
What to do if a Neighbours tree is affecting you UK?
You can find your councils website on GOV.UK. Get specialist help from a tree surgeon if the roots of your neighbours tree are affecting your home and garden. You can cut them yourself but you must try to limit the amount of damage to the tree, which can be difficult to do.
What can I do if my neighbors tree is too big?
If the branches of a neighbours tree start to grow over to your side, you can cut them back to the boundary point between you and your neighbours property, as long as the tree is not under a tree preservation order. If it is, youll need to seek further clarification.
What is the legal height of a Neighbours tree?
In general, there is no specific limit to the height that a tree is allowed to grow, but if the trees form a vegetative screen that is limiting a neighbours usage/enjoyment then it could be a High Hedge issue which Planning Enforcement would potentially get involved with.
Can I complain about the height of my Neighbours trees?
You can also complain to your local authority under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 if the height of a high hedge affects your enjoyment of your property.
What trees can be cut down without permission UK?
The only time tree work can proceed in a Conservation Area without council permission is when it involves cutting down, lopping, topping or uprooting a tree that has a diameter less than 75mm, or cutting down or uprooting a tree with a diameter less than 100mm so as to improve the growth of another tree.
Is there a law on the height of conifers?
There are no laws on how high the hedge can be grown but a council can take action if it is affecting someones reasonable enjoyment of their property, so maintaining your Leylandii hedge well from the start is recommended.
Can my Neighbour cut my tree without asking?
In law you are entitled to cut off any branches overhanging your property provided you return them to the owners. Beyond, that seek advice from a citizens advice bureau about your rights. Entering someones property, without permission, to cut a tree would undoubtedly be illegal. You may need to take matters to court.
Can I cut down a conifer tree in my garden?
Conifers, including pine, spruce, fir and juniper, can be a lovely, colorful addition to a yard or garden, but conifer removal is sometimes necessary. The best way to kill coniferous trees is by cutting them down and killing and removing the stump to prevent them from regrowing.
Can I cut Neighbours tree roots in my garden UK?
The general position under the common law is that a neighbour can cut back branches or roots on their side, up to the boundary line. Usually, they cannot compel the owner of the tree to do this work, but are entitled to undertake it at their own cost.
Do I have a right to light in my garden?
The Rights of Light Act 1959 states that if a property has received daylight for the last 20 years (the minimum prescribed period), you may be entitled to continue to receive that light. Your local planning department can advise on your rights.
What is the 7 year boundary rule?
Some believe that there is a 7-year limit on adverse possession, meaning that a squatter can take ownership of land after they have been using that land without the owners permission for a certain amount of time.
What can I do about my Neighbours untidy garden?
If a neighbours hedge, brambles or tree are causing problems on your side of the boundary, you are entitled to prune or remove anything that encroaches onto your side of the boundary, although by law you should offer any clippings back to your neighbours.
What is the law on cutting Neighbours trees UK?
Under common law, a person may cut back any branch (or root) from a neighbours tree that overhangs or encroaches onto their property. In cutting back any overhanging branches (or encroaching roots) the following must be observed: you must not trespass onto the land on which the trees are growing.
What is the legal height of a Neighbours hedge?
Please note that there is not a blanket rule that all hedges must be no more than two metres in height. The complaint form explains why you consider the hedge is adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment of your residential property.
Do I have to cut my Neighbours side of my hedge?
If a hedge grows along the boundary between two gardens, both neighbours are responsible for trimming. If a hedge belonging to a neighbour grows into your garden, you can trim it but, as with tree branches, you must return the trimmings to the owner.
Do I need permission to cut down a tree in my garden UK?
Yes, you will need permission from the Local Planning Authority to cut live growth if 1) any trees within a Conservation Area which have girths/stems (including any multi-stemmed trees) of 75mm in diameter (3 inches/7.5 centimetres) or greater at 1.5m above ground level or 2) a tree which is protected by a Tree.