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Trees and hedges in gardens and in communities can provide amenity and environmental benefits. But what can be done if they become overgrown or dangerous, or a nuisance to neighbours? This note summarises the legal position on what individuals and local authorities can do about problem trees and hedges. It also explains the main protections for trees and outlines measures in the Environment Act 2021 to further protect trees on streets and in communities.

Note: Property law and common law on nuisance are complex and this note outlines the broad legal framework only. Guidance on managing disputes is given on the Government website .


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