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By Hattie

United Kingdom Gb

Our neighbours have a sycamore approx 6o feet high growing approx 26 feet from our property along the boundary. Also they have a 30 foot high flowering cherry growing 20 feet from our house. Both trees now leave our garden in total shade and they refuse to have either trimmed. Tree surgeons refuse to trim on our side as they say both trees should come down. This is our beloved retirement home and we cannot afford to move again.
Is there anything we can do?



You can only trim branches that encroach on your side of the boundary legally speaking. I would go over to the neighbour and see if they are willing to have the trees trimmed/cut down. I would not mind if a neighbour asked me. If reluctant then offer to help pay for it and perhaps show them the effect of the trees on your garden.

26 Apr, 2011


You have no case legally for insisting they trim the trees so that you get more light. However, both the trees are far too close to the foundations of your property for comfort and are, in fact, a high subsidence risk. You might be better seeking a way to advise them that you have problems with the foundations which appear to be caused by their trees, or that you may have such problems if they don't do something about it, and when/if you do, they will be liable for the damage. Insurance companies regularly dig out and extract roots to identify them, then sue the neighbour to recover the costs involved if its proved to be their tree which caused the problem.

26 Apr, 2011


Thank you for your replies. We have already offered to share the cost. They are very much aware that our garden is shaded but still are unwilling to have anything trimmed despite being involved in the discussions with the tree surgeon. We will however speak again with them along the lines suggested by Bamboo. Thank you

26 Apr, 2011

How do I say thanks?

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