If you are having issues with trees, hedges and leaves

If a tree is blocking a view

No-one has a right to a view in law and unless it would be reasonable to do so, the Council would not under normal circumstances remove trees to improve an individuals' view. 

TV / satellite reception

Where TV reception is a problem we will ask the resident to move their equipment. We will not specifically prune trees for satellite / TV reception as this is impractical and could potentially involve great expense. 

Stopping people from growing enormous trees

The Anti-Social Behaviour Act (2003) Part 8 High Hedges, was created in June 2005 and is now law. Part 8 defines high hedges as 'formed wholly or predominantly by a line of two or more evergreens, and rises to a height of more than two metres above ground level.'

The Act does not include single trees and is specifically designed for hedgerows of evergreen trees or large shrubs. Where a neighbours' hedge falls within the above designation you can apply to the Council to intervene on your behalf provided that you have made all reasonable efforts to resolve the situation with your neighbours first.

If the tree that you are concerned about is not within a hedgerow, or if it is not evergreen (loses its leaves each Autumn) then there is no law currently that determines its potential size and therefore there is no legal requirement on a tree owner to reduce the height of their tree.

For more information visit GOV.UK: High hedges