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Trees and hedges

High hedge disputes

A "high hedge" is defined in the Act as a barrier to light or access as is formed wholly or predominately by a line of two or more evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs and rises to a height of more than 2 metres above ground level.

Cypresses, such as the infamous “Leylandii” are included, as well as other evergreens, such as Yew, Laurel and Privet.

However, the Act will only offer control over hedges that affect domestic properties, which are defined as a dwelling or any associated garden or yard. Individual trees (even those which have multiple trunks) and shrubs will be outside the scope of the legislation.

Once you have tried and exhausted all other avenues for resolving your dispute with your neighbour, you may consider reporting the issue to us.

Submitting a complaint to the Council should be a last resort. Before doing so, we highly recommend that you read the Government’s guidance.

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