This law/bylaw should be repealed immediately. Why? Case in point:

It gives a malicious neighbour the opportunity to have a Council jobsworth pursue you on the neighbours behalf, with malice aforethought, and make your life an unwarranted hell, for what amounts to two or three years.

The jobsworth is not obliged to listen to what you reasonably have to say and automatically sides with the malicious neighbour in assuming that you are naturally in the wrong – even if you have never actually ever met that neighbour, your hedge is trimmed twice a year to a modest height, it is over 25 years old (planted long before this unjust law was even dreamed-up), is dead at the base and was there when you bought the house!

You will be falsely accused of 'wickedly planting the hedge deliberately and especially to annoy the neighbour', and sundry other off-the-wall 'crimes'. Jobsworth will stomp all around your garden, officiously 'inspecting' this and that, will tell you what you can and can't grow, and even demand to come into your home to have a further snooping session on the off-chance he can find something else to report to another agency.

The jobsworth will even blame you for the angle of the sun. And then threaten you with an ASBO!

This is despite the fact you have just been living quietly in your home, minding your own business, caring for your disabled relatives.

In order to get said malicious neighbour and Council jobsworth off your back you will probably have to take out a bank loan to unneccessarily pay for a commercial company to come in and officially cut your hedge, just to prove once and for all that it is now officially cut; for which hundreds of pounds you will have to find from your Carers Allowance to service the financial debt.

Net result:  the Council are judge, jury and executioner just on someone else's say-so; and two disabled people are unable to have their summer holiday and have a break from all this upset, because there is no money left from an already stretched budget. Your peace and quiet and your once pleasant garden have all been violated and tarnished – who wants to even see it from the window, let alone sit out there, now?

The ultimate irony is that you will probably be able to point out to the jobsworth that just over the boundary of your garden the Council land also has a Leylandii hedge – except that (unlike yours) their hedge has not been maintained in any way whatsoever, and is three or four times the height and breadth of yours, as the Council have not cut their own hedge, even once, for the past 16+ years…..

Why is this idea important?

This is important because for the simple fact that you can be just quietly minding your own business in your own home and these people, for their own unknown reasons, can make your life a misery just because this law allows them to. It can happen to anyone of us as long as this ill-conceived and unjust busybody law remains on the Statute Books.

Leylandii hedges were a garden fashion a quarter of a century ago. Fashion moves on in gardening as in clothing or interior design, etc, and people now have moved on. Yet this outdated, badly drafted and cruel law remains, and is being used in situations for which it was never intended, and giving power to the local bully.

With this law you cannot be presumed innocent and receive a fair hearing. Plus, the bureaucratic process can be neverending – it has the potential to restart and go on for years.

Please REPEAL this law so no-one else has to go through this intrusive nightmare.

Thank you.

10 Replies to “Leylandii Hedge Law”

  1. These trees block valued sunlight, but their purpose is to provide privacy TO the tree owner. Surely any such law should consider the denial of sunlight to others. Growing these trees is saying to their northern boundary neighbours “I don’t want you watching me sun bathing in my garden so you can’t sunbathe at all”.

    I can understand tree owners not liking being told what to do by ‘jobsworths’, but that doesn’t justify being inconsiderate to neighbours. Are there no trees/hedges that only grow to 2/3 metres?

    If Laylandii are annually maintained I see no problem. If tree owners are not prepared to keep them in check and it affects their neighbour’s right-to-light then I’m afraid that the law is indeed necessary.

  2. I have a short garden, the neighbour with the leylandii has a very, very long garden. There is a 6ft stone wall at the bottom of my garden and the hedge of trees is approx. 12ft above that. 2.30 p.m. mid September and my garden is 90% shade! Even a 5ft/6ft reduction in height would help. The trees were not there when either I or the neighbour bought our properties. I do not consider they are adequately maintained. An estate agent has valued my house low because it will now be difficult to sell. I would like to down-size. This is a retaining wall as his garden is several feet lower than the wall.

  3. I concur entirely with the statements and opinions documented above by Maria because her findings exactly mirror our own recent experience. The entire process is geared towards enabling dictatorial individuals with their own agenda to bully a neighbour who has no redress. The aggressor becomes the client whilst the victim is even disallowed the ability to contest the facts, additionally all officialdom appears to condone and reinforce this attitude. Unbelievably, procedures outlined are not followed and stated deadlines are ignored so the whole process becomes a saga devoid of fair foundation or even common sense. Meanwhile the ‘accused party’ is rendered completely powerless. This draconian law needs to be repealed as currently it stands as a licence to persecute and intimidate.

  4. Its time the Government did some thing about these Bloody LAylandi they are making peoples lives a misery MyNeighbours have these trees at the bottom of my garden they have position these trees of with a fenceso the trees arnot bothering them at Therapy attitudes is they are not bothering me so why should care these trees are about 27feet tall The council that is Carlisle city council are not interested aboutmy partner land I we are disabled pensioners they wiil only listen to to the Johnsons side because members of the family work for the council

  5. Every one should get and making peope lives hella petition up to lobby the government and stop these bully boys like owner sand councils taking sides

  6. My neighbour has Leylandii that are currently 4 foot higher than the gables of my house. They are along the full boundary of my garden, he sits in sunlight while we sit in shadow. He has ignored all pleas from me and other neighbours to cut his trees at all, relying on us cutting them and bearing the cost if we want to. I’m now putting an asbo on him. The law is there to protect as well as punish. If you bought the house with the trees already planted, you knew they were there from the start. Regardless of your circumstances, and I’m very sorry to hear that you are caring for a disabled spouse, the trees are your responsibility.

  7. Leylandii should be banned – end of! I bought a house with a panoramic sea view only to find lazy neighbours who don’t wish to pay a penny to have any of their garden maintained or even bother themselves, let their skinny bendy Leylandii grow to 25 plus feet without a care in the world completely blocking out my cherished sea view. I plan on taking all relevant action to recover my sea view or else sue the neighbours for the loss in value of my property. Clive Saunders, Solicitor, West Sussex

  8. We have these dam trees growing at the bottom of our garden My fence is the boundary and the trees are growing on their land.Sure the council will look at the problem for a fee of £390, but they may or may not do anything.I am a pensioner who has £200 per month state pension.The Law needs to be put in place so these trees have to be cut back.My greenhouse is going to be covered by these trees.

  9. My next door neighbour is a council tenant.
    The trees were planted by the previous tenant who made little or no attempt to keep them pruned.They are now higher than the houses surrounding them. The council will not do anything, ” no money for pruning trees” , the tenants are not interested in doing anything & probably cannot afford to anyway. I am spending £250 to get the overhanging branches pruned.. Yes it will leave them with an unsightly & unbalanced tree. But I want the sun back in my garden.
    Yes there should be a height limit on these trees & a law to make councils enforce it.Councils should be responsible for the trees in their tenants gardens.

  10. You are right. I suffer having two neighbours , one each side who think its no problem for me being surrounded by leylandii which are taller than my home some 30 ft plus , as you say if you seek redress the council (Torbay) in my case they want you to pay them a few months worth of pension to get it cut down, and even then the cost may be higher, Leylandi should be a banned garden pest.

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