Can I cut down my hedge?

Present laws allow you to grow any hedge you like on your own land. You are allowed to cut the branches off your neighbour’s hedge, but only up to the boundary. When so doing, however, you must not do anything that will damage the hedge. Before trimming overhanging branches you should notify your neighbour.

You are allowed, by law, to prune the roots or branches of a hedge if it’s a nuisance and protruding into your garden. And therefore your neighbour can do the same if it’s your hedge. If the height is the problem do not attempt to trim it without advice from a property solicitor.

Also, can Neighbour cut my hedge? Your neighbor is not responsible for the foliage that grows over to his property but he is allowed to trim them back to the property line. However, he cannot reach over the fence to cut them and he can‘t do anything to damage or kill the hedges

Similarly, when should you not cut hedges?

Hedge cutting and the law Some mature hedgerows are protected by law but this wouldn’t normally apply to garden hedges. We recommend not cutting hedges and trees between March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds, although some birds may nest outside this period.

Can I ask my Neighbour to cut his trees?

You have a common law right to cut back tree branches that overhang onto your property. The law states that any branches cut off belong to the person on whose land the tree originally grew, so you should ask your neighbour if they want them back, or if they are happy for you to dispose of them.

What is the maximum legal height for a hedge?

Generally, a line of two or more evergreens of a height of more than 2 metres above ground level constitutes a hedge.

How high can my Neighbours trees be?

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. Local councils will charge a fee, and some may be reluctant to take action, but ant-social legislation is a potentially useful remedy.

How do you kill a hedge?

Cut and Treat First cut the unwanted hedge near the ground. Immediately after cutting the hedge or bush, spray the stump with an herbicide. Apply water to the tree’s surface, which will act as a carrier to transport the herbicide. Use an herbicide with an active ingredient, such as glyphosate, 2,4-DP or triclopyr.

What constitutes a high hedge?

Defining high hedges The Act defines high hedges as a line of two or more evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs higher than 2 metres above ground level that form a complete barrier to light or access. You cannot make a complaint if it consists of only one shrub or tree, no matter the height.

Is there a legal height for leylandii hedge?

Dont grow a Leylandii hedge to a height that will affect the reasonable enjoyment of their property. This includes cutting out light or blocking a cherished view. Remember that keeping a hedge below 2-3 metres means it is much easier to trim.

Who pays for overhanging trees?

Overhanging Branches on Your Property Even if the tree trunk is on your neighbor’s property, you have the responsibility for cutting any branches that extend onto your property line. You are responsible for the cost of cutting any branches you choose to trim.

Who owns a tree on a property line UK?

Who owns a tree growing on a boundary? If the base of a tree sits on the boundary line between two properties it is jointly owned by both of them (they are classed as tenants in common). If one owner fells the whole tree without permission from the other owner, that would make them liable (as this amounts to trespass).

How do I make my hedges thicker?

Heading Back Cut away the terminal bud, located at the tip of each branch of the shrub, with a pair of pruning shears. Select two or three branches with heavy top growth that blocks sunlight from reaching the middle of the shrub. Wait a few weeks until the shrub produces new shoots from the pruning cuts.

How far can you cut back hedges?

Deciduous, formal hedges (those pruned to a definite size and shape), such as privets, that become open and leggy also can be rejuvenated by pruning them back to within 4 to 6 inches of the ground in late winter/early spring.

Is it OK to trim hedges in the summer?

Bushes that flower in the summer bloom on growth from the current growing season. These bushes should not be pruned in the summer before blooming, as this would remove the buds that are about to bloom. Prune these shrubs before new growth begins in the spring, either when they are dormant in winter or in early spring.

What is the law about cutting hedges?

Restrictions on cutting hedgerows are set out in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended by the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 and the Heritage Act 2018. These Acts stipulate that it is an offence to destroy vegetation on uncultivated land between the 1st of March and the 31st of August each year.