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Can i trim/prune neighbours tree that has branches hanging over to my garden?

Do I need written permission from a neighbour? (They are barely there and mostly renting out property on AirBnB it seems)

6 Answers from MyBuilder Tree Surgeons

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The answer is yes you can provided the trees do not have a tree preservation order on it or in a conservation area. By law you have to offer the branches back to them as legally it's there property.


Answered 18th Jul 2019

Pruning of branches overhanging your boundary can be carried out without consent as long as the cuttings are offered back to the neighbour.
This can only be done without further planning as long as it doesn’t bode a threat to the ongoing health of the tree and said tree is not protected by a Tree Protection Order or conservation area.
I’ll be happy to provide any other information required or quote for the work if you wish to proceed.
Kind regards,


Answered 18th Jul 2019

This all depends where you live ..
If you go on the council website for your area you will be able to check if you are in a conservation area or if the tree has a TPO (tree preservation order) on it .
They both mean that you would have to apply to the council if they are in a conservation area or if they have a tree preservation order on them .
If not you can cut back over hanging branches but it’s always a good idea and a matter of courtesy to have a word with the property owner or Tennant ...


Answered 18th Jul 2019

If a neighbours tree over hangs into your garden you can remove what intrudes. My advice would be to check you are not in a conservation area first. Then out of courtesy discuss with the owner of the tree your intentions. Remember that whatever you remove belongs to the owner should they want it. Make sure whoever you employ knows what they're doing as cutting to the boundary without consideration could damage the tree.


Answered 18th Jul 2019

Check tree constraints with the local planning authority.

Tree pruning of a tree shall comply with BS3998.So do not prune to cause damage to the tree.

You may offer the branches back as under common law as they have a value..if the tree owner decline then you dispose at your own expense. Consider all wildlife and seasonal timing for pruning a tree.


Answered 19th Jul 2019

Yes you can quite legally remove any branches overhanging your property but you must offer the trimmings back to your neighbour.


Answered 28th Sep 2021

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