If your tree is causing a problem on a public road or footpath, we’ll send you a letter or drop a note through your door to tell you what you need to do to make it safe.
If you don’t cut it back, we’ll send you a formal notice. But we’d prefer that it didn’t get to this stage - it costs money and officer time which could be better spent elsewhere. So please consider others and look after your trees.
If you still don’t cut it back after the formal notice, we may cut it and then recover the full cost from you.
We can do this under the Highways Act 1980.
Please look after your hedges and trees responsibly. Inspect them regularly, especially during the warm, wet summer months when they can grow very quickly.
If your tree is next to a road or pavement, the law says you have to cut it back if:
- it means drivers or pedestrians can’t see ahead or can’t get past
- it’s covering signs or streetlights
Overgrown trees can cause real safety problems for people using the pavement, especially for people who are blind, who use a wheelchair or mobility scooter, or are pushing a pram. It can even force them into the road to be able to get past, which is really dangerous.
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