An overhanging tree from a neighbour’s garden can be a nuisance for all sorts of reasons. It can block out light, inhibit the growth of other plants or trees and drop leaves on your lawn. This frustrating experience can be even worse if you don’t know what to do about it. Fortunately, the law – for once, you might say – is relatively straightforward on this issue, and it leaves (no pun intended) the solution in your hands.
As long as the tree isn’t protected, you’re allowed to prune any branches back to the property boundary. This usually means drawing an imaginary vertical line above your garden fence, with everything that falls on your side being fair game. Make sure you offer any cuttings back to your neighbour – it’s likely this will just be a symbolic gesture, but it keeps you on the right side of the law.
In some cases, this might be a job you can do yourself, but you should consider contacting Leaf Matters for anything involving significant pruning. As professional arborists, we’ll make sure the job is done properly without causing any permanent damage to the tree, your fence or your relationship with the people next door.