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Private trees and trees in neighbouring properties

Trees on private land that do not have tree preservation order (TPO) on them or are not in a conservation area do not require planning permission for works on them.

If you own a tree that is not in a conservation area, is not designated with a TPO, and is not part of any planned development that would require planning permission, then you can undertake any work to that tree.

If you live next to a property with a tree, under common law you may cut that tree back to your boundaries, but you cannot enter the property of the landowner upon whose land the tree is situated without their express permission and you must offer the arisings to the tree owner.

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