We look after trees in parks, woodlands, cemeteries and open spaces. Trees and hedges on private land and gardens are the responsibility of the owner.
It’s important to follow the right advice about cutting your own trees and hedges. If you don’t, your neighbours might complain or you may discover that you should have asked for planning permission and you have gone against our planning rules.
Who is responsible for trees by a highway?
The landowner is responsible for all vegetation growing on their land. This also includes any trees or hedges growing alongside a road verge.
If trees are causing an obstruction or hazard on a road or pavement, North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways Department can contact the landowners and ask them to deal with the problem.
To report a problem, contact the County Council on 01609 780780. Try to describe the location of the problem tree as accurately as possible.
Can I cut trees that overhang my garden?
- You can cut back any overhanging branches to your boundary
- You must offer to return the cut branches back to the owner
- If the work you do causes the tree or shrub to die, the owner can seek legal advice against you
- If you live in a conservation area, or the tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, you will also need to ask permission from us before beginning any work
What can I do about high hedges?
Overgrown hedges can block light. Branches that overhang a neighbour’s garden (or a road or pavement) can also be an issue.
Before you contact us about it, please read the Government’s advice on garden hedges. It gives you lots of advice and explains what you can do about problem hedges.
If you have read this information and still need our help:
- Send us a complaint about a high hedge
- The hedge must be evergreen, or semi-evergreen
- The hedge must be a mix of at least two trees or shrubs
- We will then consider any section of hedge that is over 2 metres
- Not all evergreen hedges have to be cut down to 2 metres in height
- Every case is considered individually
If you ask us to help you with a dispute, you will have to pay a charge of £265.
To make a complaint, please submit an enquiry form.
You must let us know if you intend to remove a hedgerow. For further advice on hedgerow regulations contact our Customer Services – Place team.
For more information on trees, hedges and other landscape queries, please submit an Enquiry Form.
The Woodland Trust can offer information on ancient trees, for further information visit The Woodland Trust website.