Tree FAQs

Will consent be granted to prune or fell a protected tree to resolve light issues?

No, unless it is over ruled by the high hedge legislation. However, crown-raising works will be allowed to alleviate light issues.

Will consent be granted to prune or fell a protected tree to resolve satellite, television or radio interference?

Generally no, alternative methods of boosting reception, change the receiving location or changing the provider should be sought. However, slight pruning works may be granted if it would resolve the issue completely.

I have had consent to remove a protected tree, do I need to plant a replacement?

Yes, there is a legal duty under the Town and Country planning Act, to plant replacement trees.

My protected tree is too tall, can I obtain consent to remove the top?

No, topping out is very bad practice and leads to numerous problems and safety issues.

Will consent be granted to fell protected trees that are making my path, car or property sticky?

No, the sticky residue is excreted from aphids that feed on the tree. Aphid residue is not an actionable nuisance therefore alternative methods of prevention or cleaning is required.

A protected tree is touching my house can i prune it back?

Yes with written consent, consent will always be granted to prune back protected trees that are touching properties.

Can I prune or fell my protected tree that is entangled with my telephone line?

No, call your telephone provider quoting NJUG 10 (National Joint Utilities Group publication number 10) and they should reroute the wires for free.

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