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Council owned trees

Pruning trees on private land

Occupiers of a property have a right in common law to lightly prune overhanging branches. This includes trees on neighbouring land and council owned trees.

You could ask the advice of an Arboricultural Association approved contractor if you are unsure how much pruning you can do.

If a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) or in a conservation area, you must request permission to cut overhanging branches.