In most situations the simple answer to this is no. If leaves have blown onto your property from a neighbour's tree, you cannot expect the tree owner to clean up the leaves or charge them if you do so, says Nottinghamshire County Council. There are many choices of plant material, depending on the level of privacy you desire and the look you want year-round, from evergreens like cedar, yew and boxwood to perennial grasses and flowering shrubs – the possibilities are endless. He has cut his side back to the boundary but is objecting to me doing the same, as he likes a thick hedge, but the hedge is overgrowing my pathway. If the council decides that it is necessary, they will issue a notice requiring your neighbour to remedy the problem by, for example, reducing the height of the hedge and maintaining it at a lower level. Since your neighbour has ignored this, your best bet instead is to "invite [your neighbour] to talk to independent mediators". Create a commenting name to join the debate. Can I trim my neighbour's hedge on my side back to the boundary line? A residential neighbour has asked me (in writing) to reduce the height of my hedge which adjoins the boundary between our rear gardens as it is blocking his light, particualrly winter light. Your neighbour can cut back that part of the hedge that overhangs his property but must not endanger the continued life of your half of the hedge. It certainly can be frustrating to have a picturesque view blocked by a neighbor. Disputes between neighbours can quickly escalate, Want the latest Nottinghamshire lockdown news? The final height will be decided by your local council based on the requirements and information provided by the complainant and hedge owner. This type of notice is known as a 'remedial notice'. But is it illegal? Trees or hedges overhanging your property If a neighbour's tree or hedge is growing over into your garden, you cannot make them cut it back. In situations where you cannot agree with your neighbour to jointly plant a hedge on your property boundary, it is prudent to leave a gap of at least two to three feet between the boundary and your hedge.. Can my Neighbour remove fence between our […] You need to complain to your local borough (such as Broxtowe), district (such as Ashfield), or unitary (such as Nottingham) council. 'active' : ''"> Your neighbour can cut any branches that are overhanging into their garden as long as they only remove the bits on their side of the boundary. It's way too high (3m at least), blocking sunlight from my back garden and restricting my view. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. 24 Jul, 2011 It hands local authorities – not courts – the power to manage complaints such as yours concerning hostilities, but you must follow a strict code of conduct to stay within the rules. However, you do have the right to remove overgrowing branches yourself, but only back to the common boundary. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to You can also complain to your local authority under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 if the height of a high hedge affects your enjoyment of your property. Although you should not do so at the same time (i.e. There are more details about how to appeal here. Thus if the hedge was present and of approximately the same height you should be OK. Other thing to keep in mind is what exactly is considered sunlight. 1. Some of the issues you should look at are whether the hedge blocks light to the main rooms of your home; deprives you of winter sunshine; spreads into your garden and is affecting the growth of your plants; is pushing over your fence; has roots which are damaging your path, garage or home. The most insightful comments on all subjects try again, the name must be unique, Please 'active' : ''"> QCAT in Qld has just recently ruled that neighbours have a right to sunlight however this is tempered by the conditions existing at the time of purchase of the property. How you approach them is up to you. Any fence will have to stand on his land alone. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Most liked, -1) ? Stuck in a motorway jam? Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? What sorts of complaint can the council look at? It hung 4ft into my garden. It will then decide on whether, according to the Act, the hedge adversely affects your "reasonable enjoyment" of your property. Given your neighbour's hedge height, you are fully entitled to ask your local authority to intervene. He wants me to reduce the height of the hedge to a mutually agreeable height. try again, the name must be unique, Show{{#moreThan3_total}} {{value_total}} {{/moreThan3_total}} comments, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful A high hedge is defined as a line of trees comprising at least two evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs and a hedge height of more than two metres above ground level. It is currently 4 metres high and growing. the same winter), you can also reduce its width by up to half. The hedge is on the border between the properties. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. So, it is perfectly legal to reduce the height to 2 metres. Lodging a formal complaint, though, carries a fee of anywhere upwards of £200. It is unfortunate that you have an inconsiderate neighbour who will not control the height of his trees. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, House Doctor: 'My neighbour's hedge is way too high. Please Currently their side of the hedge is way too tall for the allowed limit of 2 metres (about 6 feet and a half). Your local authority can order the reduction in height of hedges, especially if light is being blocked to you or your neighbour’s house and/or garden. they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. 'active' : ''"> The Government's public-services advice website, direct.gov.uk, is clear on this. If you own the tree or hedge. If the problem affects other neighbours, involve them as well. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss Oldest first, -1) ? Critically, they must be at least 2m high and block light or access to a residential property. Their garden is to the north of mine so the hedge doesn't take away my daylight but my side of the hedge grows profusely because it faces south so I have to get it cut every year. This usually includes a demand to reduce the hedge's height, within a given time period, and ensure it keeps to a new limit. If a neighbour's tree or hedge is growing over into your garden, you cannot make them cut it back. You can make a complaint form if the hedge is ALL of these: You will need to ask for a complaint form, and you might have to pay the council a fee to consider your complaint. Photo of Griselinia hedge from Twining Valley Nursery Rachael Matthews, owner and designer of HEDGE, a boutique plant nursery and garden design company in Wellington, says she tries to get height into narrow spaces which is tricky when you use a regular tree because they are usually wide. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Your only responsibility, as far as we know, is to keep the hedge from damaging your neighbour’s property. We would like to point out that we are not specifically against the Leyland Cypress, or against harmless high hedges in suitable places. Owners of the hedge can reduce its height, encourage its growth or cut it into interesting shapes and the neighbour is powerless. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Our solicitor has been very unhelpful and I'm at my wits' end – can you help? Council decides whether to investigate your application. You can appeal against either a high hedge Remedial Notice, or the council's decision not to issue one if you either: There's no fee for appealing. If a neighbour's tree is blocking your light you cannot force them to cut it down. You may wish also to take into account the fact that your neighbour will have to maintain is hedge annually to keep it below the height ruled by the council, and if this is a considerable height, he may well find it easier to completely remove or to reduce the hedge to a more easily maintained height. Post by boris360 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:59 pm. There's nothing better than sitting in the garden with a cold beer or glass of wine - and nothing worse than being unable to enjoy your garden properly because of a neighbour's overgrown hedges or trees. Take it down a bit more than you need to so there is fresh growth on top for you to trim later. If they refuse to compromise, you can ask for a council complaint form which will bring council action to the dispute. Since the roots are in your garden, you are the owner of that hedge. I have a neighbour whose Lalandi hedge goes along the length of my house and the back garden. 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For example, the following issues can be taken into consideration: The hedge blocks too much light to a neighbour’s house or … As long as the tree is safe and is not causing damage, your neighbour is entitled to grow the tree. If a neighbour's hedge is blocking your light and you wish to take action, however, you may be able to do so under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. You should try to resolve the issue with your neighbour before going to the local authority but we understand that this can sometimes be impossible, especially if your neighbour is not open to discussing the issue. If something needs to be done, this will be issued in the form of a Remedial Notice. A tenants' association might help if you're a member of one. Newest first, -1) ? the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. to your comment. Question: My neighbour and I are on the verge of taking a dispute over his hedge to court. Are you sure you want to submit this vote? explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. try again, the name must be unique, Please Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies 'active' : ''"> Part of my left boundary is conifer, and it is the neighbours. Newest first, -1) ? References USLegal, Inc.: Applicability of Rule to Hedge Can I reduce the height of a shared hedge? Our. There have been a number of high profile cases over the years where homeowners have let hedges (often Leylandii) become very large to the point that their neighbours have been deprived of light and enjoyment of their own property.. He claims his garden and rooms are dark because of my hedge. The council will make a decision about whether any action needs to be taken over the hedge. 'active' : ''"> But you must appeal within 28 days of: The appeal is made to the Planning Inspectorate. In amongst it was brambles and holly. Oldest first, -1) ? This involves inviting a third party to your homes to offer solutions and can cost up to £100 an hour – try www.nationalmediationhelpline.com. My neighbour’s tree/hedge is far too high – what can I do? If the hedge is planted fully on your side of the boundary as you describe it is your property and your neighbour cannot remove the hedge or cut it down. Hi, you can reduce its height by up to half if the hedge is too tall. If you complain to your local authority, it does not follow automatically that they will order your neighbour to reduce the height of their hedge The local authority has powers, but not a duty, to require a reduction in height when the hedge affects reasonable enjoyment The poor management of greenery can lead to disputes and hostile interactions between neighbours. I have not cut the height of the hedge. 'active' : ''"> I would like to reduce the height of my leylandii hedge. Q There is a remedial notice dating back to 2012 against my neighbours, requiring them to limit the height of their hedge to allow light to my house. You can unsubscribe at any time. Enter your email to follow new comments on this article. Your neighbor, however, can choose to allow his side to grow longer and continue to create a screen that blocks him from view. If you do more than this, your neighbour could take you to court for damaging their property. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when will be published daily in dedicated articles. What are you legally allowed to do if your neighbours hedge is too high, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Although the law states that a high hedge is more than 2m (approx 6½ft) tall, this is not necessarily the height to which a hedge is reduced. Your complaint should emphasise only the height of the hedge – any problems relating to its roots are excluded from the Act. A high hedge is determined as being a line of two or more evergreen (or semi-evergreen) trees or shrubs. If your neighbour ignores this, he or she could be fined up to £1,000. Legislation states that your hedge may be up to 2 metres tall – but there are additional factors to consider. A hedge can brighten your garden and aid with privacy. Where do I measure the height from (base of trees or first folliage) Regards Jane. So what are your rights if you're bothered by a neighbour's trees or hedges - and what can you do about it? The hedge is nearly 30 metres long and the overall height is 4.5metres. Next job is to cut it down to a reasonable height as neighbours 'gardeners' don't touch it - ever. You have a common law right to prune back parts of a tree or hedge growing over the boundary into your property (subject to any legal restrictions being overcome first such as Tree Preservation Orders or conservation areas) but you … continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. 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Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post Most liked. What does the law say on getting out of your car? Community 2 - To provide 'fellowship in adversity' for all Hedgeline members: sympathy and a listening ear to any hedge victim and informed support for those resolved on actively confronting their problem. A hedge can be a beautiful way to define the boundaries of your property and provide a stunning backdrop for your garden. The district council hasn't been able to explain who's in the right – it's twice sent me leaflets about "resolving disputes peaceably" – but my neighbour just doesn't want to know. It can be easier to settle a dispute if the complaint comes from a number of people. Sharing the full story, not just the headlines. Whichever approach you take, stick to the facts, don't dwell on past failures to sort the problem out, and don't be rude or abusive. language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification, -1) ? Answer: Rows over "high hedges" – the so-called "Leylandii wars" – and difficult neighbours can be addressed via Section 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act (2003). However, it's vital that you have first tried to solve the problem by all other means. Hedges should be under 2 meters tall ideally, and if a taller hedge is blocking out your sunshine or causing you to be unable to enjoy your garden for other reasons, then speak to your neighbour about cutting it to a more reasonable height. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Disputes between neighbours can quickly escalate and become very serious. Once your appeal is validated, you'll normally get a decision within 34 weeks. Please I share a 50 metre long laurel hedge with my neighbour. Garden related issues can be incredibly infuriating for neighbours and cause a great deal of tension. If you’ve taken the steps listed in Over the garden … try again, the name must be unique, Please It is currently about 12 ft high. If it agrees with you, the council will issue a formal notice to the hedge owner detailing what needs to be done to resolve the situation. Guidelines. Any cuttings must be offered back to the tree or hedge owner. If your neighbour refuses to budge despite talks, approach the council directly. 23/11/2015 Last Modified: 01/07/2019. If it agrees with you, the council will issue a formal notice to the hedge owner detailing what needs to be done to resolve the situation. Can I get my neighbour to cut back or reduce the height of their trees or hedge? You are allowed to … There are no height limits for either hedges or trees and there is no legislation currently available in the Republic of Ireland to enforce a height restriction. try again, the name must be unique, Please The official gov.uk website advises that, "If you're worried about approaching them, write a letter, explaining the problem clearly and sticking to the facts"; while the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister says you should "speak to your neighbours face-to-face rather than push a note through the door.". Independent Premium. Before it will investigate the council will … Home buyers consider a number of factors when choosing a place to live, including the views of the surrounding landscape. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Last summer a father and daughter were convicted of manslaughter after they fatally attacked a neighbour who had punctured a child's football which had gone into her garden in Leicester. I cut it back to the wire fence to a height of 5.5ft because it was shading/killing plants. Councils have the power to fine householders up to £1,000 if they refuse to comply with orders to cut hedges back. What can I do about it?'. real-world solutions, and more. How close to a boundary can I plant a hedge? How much can I cut it without killing it 2. You can only trim up to the property boundary. Before making a formal complaint or getting others involved, try to discuss the problem with your neighbour. For example, Nottingham City Council charges £600 for the service. If they want you to cut your tree or hedge just because they don’t like the way it looks, it’s up to you whether you do the work. ), you can reduce its width by up to half if the hedge from damaging neighbour. 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