Hedgeline Support and Help


Essential Advice

  • Always try to establish a working compromise with your neighbour. Not all nuisance hedges growers are fundamentally selfish, and some will listen when you put your point of view. It is best not to be confrontational unless all else fails.

  • Do not under any circumstances cut your neighbours trees beyond the boundary or give him/her any grounds for claiming that you have done this.Make sure you know where the boundary is.

  • Do not try to harm the trees. Cutting your neighbours trees beyond the boundary, or harming them, comes under 'criminal damage'. You could spend a night in the cells.

  • Failing this, your neighbour could take you to Court. The court case could drag on for years, put you in a prolonged state of anxiety and dominate your life. If he/she proves you have cut over the boundary, he/she is almost certain to win and your costs and fines are likely to come to thousands and thousands of pounds.

  • You can legally cut branches back to the boundary.

  • When the High Hedges Law takes effect you will still not be allowed to cut your neighbour's hedge over the boundary but you will be able to apply to the local authority to decide on a reasonable height at which your neighbour will have to maintain his hedge.
    Hedgeline Support Pages

    intended for use prior to November 2003
    At later dates please see - 'The High-Hedges Law'

    Information Sheet for Hedge Victims

    Information Relating to Small Claims Court

    A Course of Action Worth Serious Consideration

    Costs of Cutting Back to Boundary, Successfully Reclaimed in Court

    Still fully relevant
    Some Facts about Hedging Trees


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