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
Our Tree strategy and guidance (PDF 130KB) explains the rules we follow, including when we decide to replant or prune.
We try to check the trees we're responsible for every 3 years.
We remove trees that pose a risk to people and property. We remove the stumps separately, normally 1 month after we removed the tree.
Sometimes we remove trees if they cause an obstruction, damage or affect visibility.
Where possible, we'll plant a new tree in approximately the same position. That's usually in the autumn.
Dead or diseased trees scheduled for removal
Our tree specialists inspect a tree before any decision is made to remove it.
We'll mark a tree with orange paint if it poses a risk and is scheduled to be cut down.
Report a tree problem