In most cases, hedges and trees growing next to public roads and footpaths are the responsibility of the adjacent landowner.
You're entitled to cut branches overhanging your property, but you can't reclaim any costs of doing that.
When you report a tree that's causing a danger or an obstruction, we'll carry out an inspection. If we find a problem, we'll either:
- contact the landowner, asking them to arrange for their hedges/trees to be pruned
- if trees or hedges are ours, we'll arrange the necessary work.
Our Tree strategy and guidance (PDF 130KB) explains the rules we follow, including when we decide to replant or prune.
We'll only remove a tree if it's dead, diseased or causing damage to your property. Report a tree problem.