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Hedge Services

We can undertake hedge trimming or reduction if required of all types of hedging no matter how high. We can also supply and plant new hedgerows.

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High Hedges

High Hedge Disputes: The Current Position

Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, which gives local authorities powers to deal with complaints about high hedges came into operation in England on 1 June 2005.


From 1 June 2005, provided they have tried and exhausted all other avenues for resolving their hedge dispute, people will be able to take their complaint about a neighbour’s evergreen hedge to their local authority – your district or borough Council.The role of the local authority is not to mediate or negotiate between the complainant and the hedge owner but to adjudicate on whether – in the words of the Act – the hedge is adversely affecting the complainant’s reasonable enjoyment of their property. In doing so, the authority must take account of all relevant factors and must strike a balance between the competing interests of the complainant and hedge owner, as well as the interests of the wider community.If they consider the circumstances justify it, the local authority will issue a formal notice to the hedge owner which will set out what they must do to the hedge to remedy the problem, and when by. Failure to carry out the works required by the authority is an offence which, on prosecution, could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.You can contact ODPM about high hedge matters at

The Facts:   

The legislation does not require all hedges to be cut down to a height of 2 metres   

You do not have to get permission to grow a hedge above 2 metres   

When a hedge grows over 2 metres the local authority does not automatically take action, unless a justifiable complaint is made   

If you complain to your local authority, it does not follow automatically that they will order your neighbour to reduce the height of their hedge. They have to weigh up all the issues and consider each case on its merits    The legislation does not cover single or deciduous trees   

The local authority cannot require the hedge to be removed   

The legislation does not guarantee access to uninterrupted light   

There is no provision to serve an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) in respect of high hedge complaints. 
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Hedge Trimming

Most hedges need trimming once or maybe twice a year.

We can carry out a one off hedge trim or you may like us to visit a couple of times a year to keep your hedges healthy and looking smart.
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Hedge Reduction

If your hedge has become too tall we can reduce its height to make it easier for yourself to trim or just to make it a more acceptable size for you and your neighbours to live with.


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