Trees and the Law

Includes advice and information regarding ‘who owns the tree’ and ‘the responsibilities of a tree owner’, ‘high hedges’ and the ‘Highways Act, and ‘branches, roots, leaves, fruit and flowers that cross property boundaries’.

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Who Owns the Tree

Introduction  ‘It will be obvious that the question of who owns trees on or near a boundary will often be ...
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Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas

What is a Tree Preservation Order?  Local planning authorities have specific powers to protect trees by making Tree Preservation Orders ...
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Risk of Trees causing Harm or Injury

Introduction Many people consider trees to be a major hazard and to pose a significant risk of harm or injury ...
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Right to Light

Right to Light As a property owner you can acquire a legal right to a certain amount of natural light ...
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Responsibilities of a Tree Owner-Works to Trees

Introduction The responsibilities of a tree owner, with respect to working on trees have been laid down by statute and ...
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Responsibilities of a Tree Owner-Trees and the Highway

A tree owner has a responsibility, known in law as ‘the duty of care’, to take reasonable care to avoid ...
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Responsibilities of a Tree Owner-Neighbouring Land

A tree owner has a responsibility, known in law as ‘the duty of care’, that is to avoid acts or ...
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Responsibilities of a Tree Owner-An Occupiers Liability

Introduction In England and Wales an occupiers’ liability is governed by the Occupiers’ Liability Acts 1957 and . In Scotland ...
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Responsibilities of a Tree Owner-a Landowners Guide

Introduction This following is an introduction to the Key Steps in Tree Safety Management as proposed by the National Tree ...
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Responsibilities of a Tree Owner-A Householders Guide

Introduction A tree belongs to and is the responsibility of whoever controls the land on which the tree is growing ...
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High Hedges

High Hedges  From 1st June 2005, Local Authorities, under part 8 of The Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003, have the ...
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Fruit and Leaves from a Neighbour’s Tree

Introduction It is the season of falling leaves and falling fruit but who is responsible for clearing up the leaves ...
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Birds and Trees- A Guide

Introduction The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is the primary legislation which protects animals (including birds), plants, and certain habitats ...
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Bats and Trees

Introduction All UK bat species rely on trees for part or all of their life cycle. The importance of trees ...
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A Guide to Trees and the Highways Act

The following sections of the Highways Act apply specifically to trees, shrubs and hedges in relation to highways. What is ...
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Responsibilities of a Tree Owner – A General Guide

Introduction The law outlines the responsibilities of tree owner. Any person may seek redress for harm or injury they have ...
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