High Hedges

Tall hedges can be a nuisance, especially where neighbours can’t agree on a suitable height amicably. 

What is a high hedge?

If you can answer yes to all of the questions below then a hedge can be classed as a high hedge;

  • Does the hedge consist of two or more evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs in a line?
  • Is the hedge more than 2m in height?
  • Is the hedge growing on land owned by someone else?

How do I complain about a high hedge?

The first step is to try to negotiate with your neighbours and keep a copy of any letters to demonstrate that you have tried.

If negotiation is unsuccessful and you can demonstrate that you have tried within the last 4 months to amicably resolve the problem then you can make a high hedge complaint to the Council by completing this high hedges complaint form

Please note that making a complaint to the Council is very much a last resort and you must show that other attempts to resolve the problem amicably have failed. 

This document provides advice on the steps you can take to avoid more hedge problems in the future and where they do arise, how they might be settled.  

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