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How can I get a Tree Preservation Order made on a tree that I think is at risk of being felled or da  Your local council is responsible for making Tree Preservation Orders (TPO). You should contact your local authority and speak to the tree officer or someone in the planning department who should determine whether the making of a TPO is appropriate.
 24/11/2015      16:05
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I would like to carry out work to trees on my property, do I need permission?  If your trees are protected by a Tree Preservation Order, or you are within a Conservation Area, or the trees are protected by a condition attached to a planning permission, then you will need consent for the works. Find out if your tree has a TPO
 24/11/2015      16:07
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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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How can I find out if the trees within my ownership are protected?  You can check to see if a property or area of land has a Tree Preservation Order on it, or if it is located within a Conservation Area, by looking at the council website or by contacting the local council (usually the planning department). If your tree is protected then you w...
 24/11/2015      16:12
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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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So what can we expect if we find ourselves in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 act?  Magistrates’ Courts operate a tiered fines system dependent on the seriousness of the offence. This could be up to £5000 or for the most serious offences an unlimited amount. Other alternative punishments issued by Magistrates’ Courts include a community sentence like unpaid ...
 24/11/2015      09:03
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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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A brief guide to legislation for trees  The following advice applies to England only and is for guidance purposes only. Some trees are protected by legislation, and it is essential that you establish the legal status of trees prior to carrying out works to them. Unauthorised work to protected trees could lead to pr...
 24/11/2015      15:53
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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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