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What is the minimum distance to plant trees from a house?  If the building work proposed requires planning consent, all trees which could potentially be affected by the development (including those off-site) should be assessed by an arboricultural consultant in accordance with British Standard BS5837 Trees in Relation to Construction...
 26/10/2015      15:23
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I'm worried about the safety of my tree - can a Council's tree officer come and inspect it? If not,   Council Tree Officers are not in post to give independent advice to the public about their trees or to recommend individual contractors or consultants. We advise residents to seek help and advice when they are concerned from professionals who are approved by a recognised body...
 23/11/2015      11:54
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What’s this fungus growing on my tree? Is it killing the tree and making it unsafe?  If your tree is showing symptoms of ill health, which may be related to pest or disease, cultural or other reasons, you can send samples to the following organisations for analysis. Or consider engaging the service of an Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant or ...
 23/11/2015      14:04
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Will hammering a nail into a tree kill or harm the tree?  Hammering anything into a tree is intrusive and will cause harm; a tree is a living organism and an injury such as this is damaging. The outer bark layer on a tree stem protects against disease and decay, anything that breaches it can allow the entry of harmful organisms. The...
 23/11/2015      15:22
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Can I get my neighbour to cut back or reduce the height of their trees or hedge?  In most situations the simple answer to this is  no . You have a common law right to prune back parts of a tree or hedge growing over the boundary into your property  (subject to any legal restrictions being overcome first such as Tree Preservation Orders or conservation area...
 23/11/2015      15:36
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Can I stop my neighbour building close to my tree?  You may be able to depending on the importance of the tree, the nature of the building proposed and distance between the proposed building and the tree in question. If the building work proposed requires planning consent, all trees which could potentially be affected by the ...
 23/11/2015      16:44
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What should I do if tree roots cause cracks in my driveway or drains and does it mean that my house   Tree roots typically grow close to the surface, and it is not uncommon for them to develop on the underside of hard surfaces such as driveways, which can lead to cracks developing through physical pressure. This damage is frequently superficial, and there is a range of option...
 23/11/2015      16:52
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How close can I build to my tree?  If the building work proposed requires planning consent, all trees which could potentially be affected by the development (including those off-site) should be assessed by an arboricultural consultant in accordance with  British Standard BS5837:2012 Trees in relation to design...
 23/11/2015      17:04
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My neighbours are unhappy that a tree growing in my garden overhangs their property and say that the  Under common law rights a neighbour can cut back any foliage that overhangs the boundary to the boundary line without reference to the owner of the tree/shrub (this includes roots!). If the tree is covered by a Tree Preservation Order or is growing within a Conservation Area,...
 24/11/2015      08:15
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I am worried that my neighbour’s tree is dangerous. What should I do?  If a tree growing on someone else’s land causes injury to someone or damage to property then the owner may be liable. If you think your neighbour’s tree might be dangerous then you should contact an arboricultural consultant for further advice. It is always best to settle a d...
 24/11/2015      08:22
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