High Hedges

Arboricultural consultant for High HedgesThe High Hedges Bill is part of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003 and was specifically introduced in June 2005. The aim of the legislation is to ensure that hedges are managed and maintained at an acceptable height and to give residents recourse should they be adversely affected by poorly maintained or overgrown hedges.

Although the ubiquitous Leylandii conifer is often the subject of hedging disputes, in fact the High Hedges Bill can apply to any evergreens where two or more adjacent plants exceed two metres in height.

If you have already attempted to resolve the dispute with the owner of the hedge but are still struggling to address the issue, then you may want to consider further action by contacting the local planning authority. Living Trees can undertake site visits to collect data that will include:

  • Species, age and dimensions
  • Height calculation – future and remedial action
  • Obstruction of light and shade analysis
  • Intrusion on privacy and shelter
  • Visual amenity
  • Overhanging branches or litter dropped by the hedge.


An impartial report will then be produced recommending necessary work and ongoing management options which may then form the basis of any remedial notice served by the planning authority. Our unbiased approach can help bring boundary disputes to a successful conclusion for both neighbours.

Contact us to find out more about the options available to you for dealing with poorly managed or overgrown hedging that is affecting your property.