This page contains information about the steps that can be taken
to address problems caused by high hedges, such as barriers to
light or access.
A procedure for dealing with complaints
about high hedges is in force.
It applies to evergreen hedges over 2 metres
tall, which act as a barrier to light or access and adversely
affect reasonable enjoyment of domestic property or gardens.
Complainants must be able to show that they have
taken all reasonable steps to resolve the problem by negotiation
before they approach the Council.
If the complaint is upheld, the council will be
able to serve a notice on the owner of the hedge outlining the
action to be taken and by when. This notice cannot require the
reduction of the hedge to less than 2 metres, or its complete
There is a right of appeal against a notice but
if it is not complied with, there could be a fine of up to £1000
and further action may be taken to ensure the work is done and
costs are recovered.
Please note any complaint forms
submitted on or after 1st April 2013 will attract a fee of
For further information on hedge issues go to
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Last Updated - 14/05/2013