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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