Privately owned trees

We do not manage trees that are privately owned, but we are responsible for assessing proposals to work on protected trees.

Looking for advice?

The Arboricultural Association can advise on tree care, and finding an approved tree surgeon or consultant.

Protected trees

Trees are protected if they are within a conservation area or have a tree preservation order applied to them. In these instances you must apply for permission before carrying out work on them.

There are strict processes to follow. Check whether your trees are protected, and what steps to take next.

Problems with neighbours' trees

Your neighbours are not under obligation to prune or remove trees due to branches overhanging a boundary or light being blocked.

You may remove any branches which are encroaching over your boundary without seeking your neighbour's permission, but you must not cross the boundary to do so. It's a good idea to discuss your plans with your neighbour in advance. Ask if they wish to have the branches or other waste material returned to them. If they don't want it, it is your responsibility to remove it. Do not dispose of it over the fence.

Before you carry out any work, check whether the tree in question is protected.

High hedges

Find out how to deal with problems about a neighbour's high hedge.

Garden waste

We offer a garden waste collection scheme. Find out more

Overgrown vegetation on public land

If a privately owned tree or other vegetation is overgrowing onto the highway, please let us know.

Report overgrowing vegetation

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Updated: 4 September 2017