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Trees Crossing Boundary

Comment 2nd July 2010

Act relating to trees crossing boundaries needs updating or changing.

Why does this matter?

Currently, all rights lie with tree owner. This seems fine unless you live in a terraced house with a small garden and your neighbour has a sycamore as tall as your house. This is further complicated if that individual's garden backs on to others and the tree crosses 5 boundaries and reaching problem branches is difficult and property is rented out.

You are not allowed to enter tree owners property to get it trimmed.

The tree owner does not have to trim the tree back, the onus is on the adjoining neighbours to trim branches over their property.

The only time you could legally get the tree owner to do something is when it damages your property so all you can do is sit in your small garden that has no light waiting for a branch to fall or a branch to penetrate your roof.


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