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Trees and Hedgerows

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are used to protect selected trees and woodlands if their removal would have a significant impact on the environment and its enjoyment by the public. Priority for Tree Preservation Orders is generally given to trees which are considered to be under threat, for example where development is proposed. Trees in Conservation Areas may be protected by TPOs but where they are not, there is a duty to give us six weeks notice in writing before carrying out any work.

Hedgerow Regulations
Hedgerows represent some of the most important wildlife habitats in lowland Britain. The Regulations are intended to protect important hedges in the countryside. Anyone proposing to remove a hedge to which the Regulations apply must give the Council six weeks notice and give the reason for seeking to remove it.

High Hedges

Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 gives local authorities powers to deal with complaints about high hedges. As long as you have made reasonable attempts to resolve your dispute, you can bring your complaint about your neighbour’s evergreen hedge to us. We will then decide whether the hedge is adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment of your property. If we agree it is, we can require steps to remedy the problem. However, we cannot require the hedge to be removed; only reduced in height. Further information is available on the Government’s website.

If you wish to make a formal complaint about a High Hedge, you should contact us to request the relevant application forms. You will need to pay a fee of £390 if you make a formal complaint. This is needed to cover the cost of the work in dealing with your complaint. 

The Act applies to a complaint which:

  • is made by an owner or occupier of a domestic property; and
  • alleges that his reasonable enjoyment of that property is being adversely affected by the height of a high hedge situated on land owned or occupied by another person.

"High hedge" means so much of a barrier to light or access as:

  • is formed wholly or predominantly by a line of two or more evergreens; and
  • rises to a height of more than two metres above ground level.

A line of evergreens is not to be regarded as forming a barrier to light or access if the existence of gaps significantly affects its overall effect as such a barrier at heights of more than two metres above ground level. "Evergreen" means an evergreen tree or shrub or a semi-evergreen tree or shrub. Complaints are considered by a High Hedges Committee, which meets as required.

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