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Trees and Hedges


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Trees and Hedges

Homeowners and landowners are being reminded to check their trees and hedges to make sure they are not causing problems on roads and pavements.

Winter is the best time to cut back overgrowing hedges and trees, to avoid interfering with nesting birds and small mammals breeding.

If you have trees or hedges next to roads or footpaths, the law says you must not let them:

  • be a danger
  • get in the way of vehicles or pedestrians
  • block a driver’s view
  • block the light from a street light
  • block road signs

(Highways Act 1980)

You are responsible for preventing harm from your hedges or trees to people using the public highway. If your trees or hedges are overhanging, unstable or diseased, now is the time to take action.

When you cut back, you should also clear up any clippings which fall on the road or footpath straight away.

The Council can take action against owners who do not keep their trees and hedges safe. If you don’t take the appropriate action to stop something being a danger, you could be legally responsible for paying a compensation claim.

Some trees may be protected by laws such as tree preservation orders. Please ask us for advice if you are not sure about a tree.

Posted on 18/01/2019

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