Trees and hedges are subject to laws which protect them and make people responsible for any damage or injuries caused by them. P lease click here for our Background note on trees.

Questions with which we can help include:

What constitutes a “tree” for the purposes of a Tree Preservation Order (or “TPO”)?

• If someone is injured by a falling tree or branch, can they claim compensation from the landowner?

• Are there special rules for trees in conservation areas?

• Can someone complain if trees on neighbouring and are blocking out light?  

• Does the law allow people to cut back overhanging branches (and roots which run under the boundary)?

• What does the law say about trees growing on or close to public roads and paths?

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Click to go to our Initial enquiry page.  Other pages which may help you:  Public rights of way, Restrictive covenants.

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