Trees and hedges guidance

Last updated: 2 November 2021

High hedges

High hedges in a neighbouring garden

The high hedges legislation applies to rows of two or more evergreen trees planted as a hedge, which is over 2m high and acts as a barrier to light.

The legislation provides for those who feel that a neighbour's hedge is hindering the reasonable enjoyment of their property.

In each case, residents are encouraged to resolve the dispute civilly between themselves.

The council will usually only get involved if it can be proven that there has been a dialogue between the parties.

There is a fee for the council to investigate a high hedge complaint.

Please read our planning services and fees page for more information about high hedge complaints.

Paying to cut a high hedge

If the application is successful and a remedial notice is served upon the hedge owner then they will be liable for the cost of any works.