Trees, Woodlands and Hedges

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Who is responsible for damage caused by trees?

Answer: Every landowner is responsible for trees on land that they own.


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Question: How do I get a tree protected?

Answer: If you believe a tree is worthy of protection, please put your request in writing to the council using the 'Contact' tab above. Further advice is also available from the related link.
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Question: Can work be done to a protected tree?

Answer: If you wish to carry out work to a protected tree you will need to obtain consent from the council. There is no cost for the application and further information can be found at the related link.
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Question: How do I find out if a tree is protected or not?

Answer: To find out if a tree is protected, please search the address using the Online Proposals Map at the related link. - Related Link

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Question: How high can a hedge around my neighbour’s garden grow?

Answer: There is no legal fixed height for a hedge. If you believe your neighbour's hedge constitutes a nuisance then you may be able to complain to the council. There is a fee of £500 for submitting a high hedge complaint.

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Question: Where can I get advice about my trees?

Answer: The council does not provide advice on tree care and management. If you need advice, you are advised to consult a tree specialist.


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Question: I want to do some work to a tree which is on somebody else’s land, what should I do?

Answer: If you want to do work to trees on somebody else's land you will need the permission of the landowner. If the trees are protected or in a Conservation Area, you will also need the consent of the council and further information on how to submit a tree works application can be found here.
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Question: How do I obtain consent to carry out work to protected tree(s) on my property?

Answer: You will need to submit a tree works application and further details on how to do this can be found at the related link.
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Question: Do I need consent to carry out work to trees in a Conservation Area?

Answer: You probably do as consent is normally required to carry out any work to any tree which is over 7.5cm in diameter at 1.5m above ground level in a Conservation Area. To identify whether the trees are protected by a Tree Preservation Order, please search for the address on the Online Proposals Map at the related link.

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Question: The roots/branches of a tree on my neighbour's property are damaging/overhanging my property, what can I do?

Answer: If you want to carry out works to overhanging trees, you should first establish whether the tree is protected which you can do by searching the address in the Online Proposals Map at the related link. If the tree is protected, you will need to submit a tree works application to the council before you undertake any work which can be found at www.iwight.com/trees You will also need to obtain the tree owner's consent before carrying out any works.
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Question: How can I obtain a copy of a Tree Preservation Order?

Answer: TPOs are available to view online at the related link. If you require a copy of a TPO, please email development@iow.gov.uk with the TPO reference number, e.g. TPO/1999/12. The cost is £12.64 (first class post) or £12.55 (second class post) and payment is required prior to the copy being sent to you. Please send a cheque made payable to "Isle of Wight Council" to the address in 'Contact' above or telephone 01983 823552 to make payment by credit or debit card. - Related Link

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