Tree Consultant: What Happens When A Neighbour’s Tree Affects Your Property?

Tree consultant should be the first person you think of when you have an issue regarding trees on your property. However, you may not require a tree survey for every problem. If a neighbour’s trees or shrubs are adversely affecting your property there are actions you can take yourself. England’s ‘common law’ states that you should be able to prune back any branches or roots that overgrow and spread across your boundary. Whilst doing this work, however, you are required to take what is called ‘reasonable care’. You must not damage the tree, and you must not cause it to become unstable.

Tree Survey: Can You Ask Your Neighbour To Cut Their Trees Back?

If you have a good relationship with your neighbour, then you may consider speaking to them about the tree problems before tackling them yourself. However, you should bear in mind that the fact the branches or roots are entering your boundary is not considered to be your neighbour’s issue. They are not duty bound to do anything about it themselves. And the general rule is that if the trees are simply blocking your view, this is not a problem. You have no right to that view. If you want to do the work yourself, you may consider contacting a tree consultant first to ensure that the trees in question are stable enough to be cut back. If the tree that is causing problems is an evergreen then it is possible to make a formal complaint to the Local Planning Authority. There is such a thing as the High Hedges legislation which forms part of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003. If you make such a complain, a tree risk assessment will be carried out by a specialist to determine if the problem is severe enough to warrant a request for the tree to be either pruned or removed entirely. If the tree is most definitely a hazard to your property, then gaining tree advice from an arboricultralist is an important step. If possible, the first thing to do is to speak to your neighbour about the problem, in case there is anything they are willing to do. Otherwise you may find yourself entering into a feud that makes living where you are uncomfortable.

What To Look For In A Tree Health Survey

Arboriculturalists do an important job in ensuring that trees and shrubs are safe. They also make sure that people and property are protected from any unstable and dangerous trees. But it is important to play your part too – tree inspection and consulting is a big job, and the specialists can’t be everywhere at once. Therefore, when out and about, or even simply at home with a view of trees, it is essential that everyone looks out for specific signs of those trees’ health. There are specific signs to look for that will tell you whether a tree is healthy or not. The first thing to do is the look at the size of the tree. Compare it to other trees of the same species around it. Is it bigger, smaller, or the same size? Smaller in height or girth could mean there is an issue with the root system that is causing the tree not to grow properly. Next look at the crown of the tree. The crown is the very top cover of leaves and branches. Is it bright and green in the summer? If not, pests may be attacking the tree. It may be difficult to spot problems in the winter, however. Stand beneath the tree and look up. Can you see any sky? Or is your view covered in leaves? The former could mean there is a problem, whereas the latter generally denotes a healthy tree. If you spot a tree that is not healthy, then requesting a tree health survey from expert such as Braemar Arboriculture Limited is a good idea.

Find Out More About Tree Consultant Work With Braemar Arboriculture Limited Today

A tree consultant called in at the right time can save you money. They can also save your property from being damaged by carrying out a tree survey. It is essential, however, to only use experts when you need tree work completing. At Braemar Arboriculture Limited, we have over 26 years of experience, meaning that we know how to work with trees safely and efficiently. If you want the best, contact us by email For further details of what we do, please take a look at where you can gain a better insight into our important work.