Trees and the law

Trees add structure and drama to a garden but their size and potential to cause nuisance or damage means they can sometimes be a worry. Understanding UK law relating to trees can help everyone grasp the rights and responsibilities of tree ownership.

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Quick facts

Trees on boundary lines are owned jointly by both neighbours
Regular tree inspection reduces liability
Overhanging branches should be offered back to the neighbour after removal
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects bird nests and bat roosts
Windfall fruit and fruit on overhanging branches cannot be taken without consent

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