Branches or roots from my neighbour’s tree are growing over my boundary. What can I do?
Under ‘common law’, you may be able to prune
branches and roots which grow over your boundary. However, you also have a legal duty to
take ‘reasonable care’ whilst undertaking any works and you may be liable if you damage the tree or cause it to
become unstable. It is therefo...
Can I get my neighbour to cut back or reduce the height of their trees or hedge?
In most situations the simple answer to
this is no . You have a common law right to prune
back parts of a tree or hedge growing over the boundary into your property (subject to
any legal restrictions being overcome first such as Tree Preservation Orders or conservation area...
How close to my house should a tree be?
In spite of what you may read in newspapers or be told by insurance companies, there are no fixed minimum recommended distances that you should plant trees
of certain species from buildings. When
choosing a tree or trees to
plant, you should give careful consideration to
Are there any times of year when tree works should not be undertaken?
Ideally tree works should not be undertaken during the spring time period, when
the 'sap is rising' to
enable the leaves to
flush (come out) and photosynthesis to
begin, and during the autumn, when
the tree is drawing nutrients back into itself from the leaves as they go bro...
What should I do if tree roots cause cracks in my driveway or drains and does it mean that my house
Tree roots typically grow close to
the surface, and it is not uncommon for them to
develop on the underside of hard surfaces such as driveways, which can lead to
cracks developing through physical pressure. This damage is frequently superficial, and there is a range of option...
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I'm worried about the safety of my tree - can a Council's tree officer come and inspect it? If not,
Council Tree Officers are not in post to
give independent advice to
the public about their trees
recommend individual contractors or consultants. We advise residents to
seek help and advice when
they are concerned from professionals who are approved by a recognised body...
When is the bird nest season?
The ‘Bird Nesting Season’ is officially from February until August (Natural England) and it is recommended that vegetation works (tree or hedge cutting) or site clearance should be done outside of the nesting season. However, in reality the nesting period may start before thi...
How do I select the right Tree Surgeon?
making an appointment with an ARB Approved Contractor clients should advise the contractor whether advice on trees
is required, or if a specification for works already exists against which the contractor’s quotation is sought 2 Clients are advised to
Bats and trees: Who does what where!
There are currently 18 species of bats resident in the UK, many of which use trees
in their daily activities. Just as people use trees
for different purposes, different bat species use trees
in different ways. Food: The UK’’s bats are all insectivorous. As trees