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I have 10ft hedge on my land, but my neighbours would like the height to be reduced by 3 to 5 ft as it restricts their view. I have consulted a chartered surveyor who has confirmed that the hedge is not caught by the High Hedges act.

 

Nevertheless, my neighbour informs me that he intends to lower the hedge without my permission and use the services of a local Tree Surgeon “qualified to undertake chain saw work”. I don’t know which Tree Surgeon he intends to use. I think I understand where I stand legally with my neighbour on this, but do I have any action against the Tree Surgeon: -

 

a)       if they just turn up and cut the hedge when I am out

b)      or they turn up and proceed to cut the hedge after I have informed them, they do not have my permission as it is on my land.

 

Kind Regards,

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High hedge act is 6'6".

 

I'd tell your neighbour to fcuk off and not to touch the hedge. Also your involving a solicitor due to intentions. 

 

Least if you get a letter sent to them it may deter or if in the event they proceeded you have a paper trail of telling them no. 

 

Criminal damage after all and trespass. 

 

Depends how petty you want to get.

 

It's not really fair these situations as usually the good folk get shit on and the arseholes get away with murder and no repercussion. 

 

I'm sure if you did something back youd be more in trouble then them....

 

Good luck

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11 minutes ago, Mick Dempsey said:

No tree surgeon is going to go onto someone else’s property to reduce a hedge that the owner does not want done.

 

Your neighbour will have to lie to the tree bloke about your permission.

And if he is convincing enough the tree bloke will cut the hedge

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19 minutes ago, swinny said:

High hedge act is 6'6".

 

I'd tell your neighbour to fcuk off and not to touch the hedge. Also your involving a solicitor due to intentions. 

 

Least if you get a letter sent to them it may deter or if in the event they proceeded you have a paper trail of telling them no. 

 

Criminal damage after all and trespass. 

 

Depends how petty you want to get.

 

It's not really fair these situations as usually the good folk get shit on and the arseholes get away with murder and no repercussion. 

 

I'm sure if you did something back youd be more in trouble then them....

 

Good luck

The lowest that can be specified in a high hedge notice is 2 metres.

The legislation is the Antisocial Behaviour Act.

And yes this would eb criminal damage. The only worry would be that if the neighbour says he was going to cut the hedge and the owner has no record of saying that wasn't OK, hte neighbour could argue in court that he had agreement. So yes, get the disagreement on the record in writing and give somebody trustworthy and neutral a dated copy. Or send onesself a sealed tracked postage copy and don't open it when it arrives.

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A client's neighbour chopped his hedge when he was on holiday, and while there was a High Hedge application in to the Council. Got 150 hours community service and a criminal record, the sheriff said he was lucky not to be in jail. Criminal damages of about £5,600 paid.

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2 minutes ago, daltontrees said:

A client's neighbour chopped his hedge when he was on holiday, and while there was a High Hedge application in to the Council. Got 150 hours community service and a criminal record, the sheriff said he was lucky not to be in jail. Criminal damages of about £5,600 paid.

Can bamboo be a high hedge according to legislation?

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