Last edited 01 Feb 2021

Tree rights

Trees have often been the cause of disputes between neighbours. A summary of some of the rights and remedies relating to trees is presented below.


[edit] Branches and roots

NB Some trees are protected by tree preservation orders (TPO's). The principal effect of a TPO is to prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, uprooting, willful damage to or willful destruction of protected trees or woodlands. This applies to roots as well as stems and branches. The local authority should keep a register of TPO's. See Tree preservation orders for more information.

[edit] Subsidence

[edit] Public rights of way

  • The owner of land that is designated a public footpath or bridleway has a legal responsibility to keep the full access clear of trees, shrubs and obstructive vegetation.

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