The responsibility for boundary hedge cutting is shared. Both you and your neighbour should be trimming each other's respective side of the hedge. You are free to cut back roots or branches that are within your property's boundaries. However, you're only allowed to trim the growth on your property.

Regarding this, can I remove my boundary hedge?

Answer. In the absence of mention of the hedge or boundary measurements in the titles of either property a Court is likely to assume that a line drawn through the centre of the base of the hedge represents the boundary; thus the hedge is joint property and cannot unilaterally be removed.

Subsequently, question is, what's the law on cutting trees and hedges? Hedge cutting and burning is banned every year between 1 March and 31 August under the Wildlife Act. The law aims to protect and maintain wildlife diversity by establishing areas where wildlife can thrive during seasons when nests and flowers are more common.

In this regard, when should you not cut hedges?

Hedge cutting and the law Some mature hedgerows are protected by law but this wouldn't normally apply to garden hedges. We recommend not cutting hedges and trees between March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds, although some birds may nest outside this period.

What can I do if my Neighbour cuts down my hedge?

If a neighbour's tree or hedge is growing over into your garden, you cannot make them cut it back. However, you do have the right to remove overgrowing branches yourself, but only back to the common boundary. Any cuttings must be offered back to the tree or hedge owner.

Related Question Answers

What is the law on boundary hedges?

The ownership of the boundary hedge itself is defined by where the main trunk is growing at. An owner of a hedge is responsible for it not damaging their neighbour's property. You do NOT have to cut your hedge on your neighbour's side unless the growth is threatening to damage their property.

Can my Neighbour cut the top of my hedge?

You are allowed, by law, to prune the roots or branches of a hedge if it's a nuisance and protruding into your garden. And therefore your neighbour can do the same if it's your hedge. If the height is the problem do not attempt to trim it without advice from a property solicitor.

Is it illegal to remove a hedge?

It is against the law to remove most countryside hedges without first seeking permission. Protected hedges are also those growing in, or next to, any common land or protected land, such as local nature reserves and SSSIs (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Can you grow a hedge against a fence?

Being near a fence is not necessarily a problem, unless the sun never gets to your side, and as long as the concrete footings of fence posts are not too huge. I'm growing a hedge against one of my fences, it is a mixed hedge with hawthorn, blackthorn and holly- great for wildlife and low maintenance!

Can I replace a boundary hedge with a fence?

Replacing a hedge with a fence can be a great way to reduce the maintenance involved in a sensible way, as well as providing a tougher, more durable boundary marker. If you need to remove a hedge, first check your deeds and make sure you have the legal right to do so.

Do I need permission to remove a hedge?

Under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997, it is against the law to remove most countryside hedges without permission. To get permission to remove a hedgerow, you must apply to the Planning Department. If the Authority decide to prohibit removal of an important hedgerow, it must let you know within 6 weeks.

How much does it cost to remove a hedge?

Contractors who remove shrubs will either charge by the hour or by the size of the shrub. Hourly rate runs between $25 to $75 depending on your location. Cost per small shrub is $15 to $40. Cost per medium shrub is $40 to $75, and cost per large shrub is $75 to $150.

Is there a legal height for leylandii hedge?

Dont grow a Leylandii hedge to a height that will affect the reasonable enjoyment of their property. This includes cutting out light or blocking a cherished view. Remember that keeping a hedge below 2-3 metres means it is much easier to trim.

How do I make my hedges thicker?

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  1. Cut away the terminal bud, located at the tip of each branch of the shrub, with a pair of pruning shears.
  2. Select two or three branches with heavy top growth that blocks sunlight from reaching the middle of the shrub.
  3. Wait a few weeks until the shrub produces new shoots from the pruning cuts.

How far can you cut back hedges?

Deciduous, formal hedges (those pruned to a definite size and shape), such as privets, that become open and leggy also can be rejuvenated by pruning them back to within 4 to 6 inches of the ground in late winter/early spring.

Is it OK to cut hedges now?

When to trim hedges

Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or early spring. After this, maintenance trimming is carried out, usually once a year for informal hedges and twice a year for formal hedges. Some formal hedges may need three cuts a year.

Is it OK to trim bushes in the summer?

Bushes that flower in the summer bloom on growth from the current growing season. You can prune these bushes after flowering to improve their shape if you need to; you won't be removing buds they need for the next growing season, but summer pruning of these shrubs will still decrease foliage growth.

How do you cut back hedges?

Cut the lowest, heaviest branches back to the trunk if they look overgrown. Because pruning sparks new growths, pruning low on the shrub will encourage the dense foliage that defines hedges. Early spring is the safest time to do this; later in the year, you may snip off new growth, leaving hedges looking thin.

Can I cut my Neighbour's hedge UK?

When you can trim hedges or trees

You can trim branches or roots that cross into your property from a neighbour's property or a public road. You can only trim up to the property boundary. If you do more than this, your neighbour could take you to court for damaging their property.

Are hedgerows protected?

The Hedgerows Regulations 1997

They provide important protection by prohibiting the removal of most countryside hedgerows (or parts of them) without first notifying the local planning authority (LPA). ’Removal’ includes acts which could result in the destruction of a hedgerow.

When can farmers cut hedges 2019?

On arable land, where the normal agricultural practice requires that a winter arable crop is planted before 31 August, you will be able to cut back the relevant hedges or trees from 1 August as long as nesting birds are not disturbed.

Can I ask my Neighbour to cut his trees?

You have a common law right to cut back tree branches that overhang onto your property. The law states that any branches cut off belong to the person on whose land the tree originally grew, so you should ask your neighbour if they want them back, or if they are happy for you to dispose of them.

What is the legal height of a hedge between Neighbours?

Critically, they must be at least 2m high and block light or access to a residential property. Your complaint should emphasise only the height of the hedge – any problems relating to its roots are excluded from the Act.