My neighbours plants and trees are growing over my fence?

Overgrown trees, shrubs and bushes
Overgrown trees, shrubs and bushes

All over the Uk neighbours are experiencing overgrown plants, trees and bushes. This Uk law states that if a plant, tree or shrub is encroaching into your garden, then you have the right to trim it and return it to the neighbour. But, we do not advise you to cut huge trees and shrubs down and fill your neighbours garden with it.

Resolve the Issues With Your Neighbour

Firstly, speak with your neighbour and explain about the overgrown foliage and explain you will be cutting it down and discuss getting rid of the plant or tree waste! Because technically the debris belongs to your neighbour you have the right to throw it back over your neighbour’s fence, but this might cause damage, and you will then be liable for that damage!

 Come to a verbal agreement!

As a way to go forward discuss the issue with your neighbour and come to a verbal agreement about disposing of the waste, Your neighbour might decide to cut it down themselves, and the matter will be resolved. The best way for ard with plants, bushes and trees growing over your fence is to discuss it and come to a sensible agreement.

Breakdown of the issue

  1. Speak with your neighbour and explain about the plants or trees encroaching over your fence
  2. Explain you will be cutting it back to the fence line and returning the waste ETC
  3. Work together on removing and disposing of the waste
  4. Try and come to a verbal agreement

Issues with overgrown plants, bushes and trees are one the main contributions to neighbour issues and arguments. Yes, technically you have the right to return any foilage!

But, you should be sensible and try to be understanding and discuss the matter with your neighbour. If you do not speak with your neighbour and the issue is getting worse, then you can contact the local council or solicitor to write a letter and come to an agreement!

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