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Overhanging trees and shrubs

Homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of any trees, hedges or shrubbery within the perimeter of their property, which adjoin a public highway.

If any vegetation from a private property restricts a pedestrian’s access on the public highway or is dangerous to vehicular traffic, action can be taken under the Highways Act 1980.

A notice will be issued to owners to seek their cooperation in trimming back the offending vegetation. However, after the expiry of the notice, the council may arrange for works to be undertaken and the costs reasonably incurred will be recovered from the owners.

To report branches, bushes or hedges overhanging or blocking the highway please complete the online tree maintenance form or contact the Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

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