In this section the Arboricultural Association provides some simple answers to common questions - questions commonly asked by the public and by the arboricultural industry. Whilst there is some overlap in some areas we have tried to list and answer public questions first and industry questions second.
Mainly public questions
Question: Can I get my neighbours to reduce the height of their hedge?
Answer: In most situations the simple answer is no. You have a common law right to... Read More >
Question: Can I stop my neighbour building close to my tree?
Answer: You may be able to depending on the importance of the tree, the nature of the building proposed... Read More >
Trees damaging property
Question: What should I do if tree roots cause cracks in my driveway or drains and does that mean that my house will be damaged next?
Answer: Tree roots typically grow close to the surface and it is not uncommon... Read More >
Distance Tree to Building
Question: How close to my house should a tree be?
Answer: In spite of what you may read in the newspapers or be told by insurance companies there are no fixed minimum recommended distances... Read More >
Question: How close can I build to my tree?
Answer: If the building work proposed requires planning consent, all trees which could potentially be affected by the development... Read More >
Mainly industry questions
Question: What is the Helliwell system and how much is a “point”?
Answer: The Helliwell System is one of several methods of placing a monetary value on the visual amenity provided by individual trees and/or woodland... Read More >
Question: How do I become an ARB Approved Contractor?
Answer: The 2011 ARB Approved Contractor scheme now provides more possibilities for more contractors than ever before. Assessment criteria Read More >