Gardening can be great for your health. However, there are certain gardening laws you should know about. These include boundary disputes and overhanging branches. If you aren’t aware of these complicated issues, you can become at risk of becoming an unwitting criminal! Get to know the garden laws and you may be able to avoid any sort of dispute with your neighbours.
7 Gardening Laws You Should Know About
It can be difficult to abide by garden laws if you didn’t know they existed in the first place. Here we list the garden laws you should know about. There may be times where you need to take legal advice, but we recommend trying to come to a neighbourly solution first.
If you have a hedge separating yours and your neighbour’s gardens, then both of you are responsible for keeping it maintained. If a neighbours hedge is encroaching on your garden, you can trim it but you must return the trimmings to them. As long as there isn’t a Tree Preservation Order in place, you can cut the hedge hanging on your side of the garden.
#2 Flowers and Fruit
If branches hang over your garden, you can cut them, although they still belong to your neighbour.If the branches contain flowers or fruit, these also belong to the tree owner and they are legally entitled to ask for them back. However, don’t throw them over as this can be considered as fly tipping.
You can only trim overhanging branches up to the property line and shouldn’t lean to do this as it constitutes as trespassing. If the tree has a Tree Preservation Order, you shouldn’t attempt to cut the branches.
Although you may find it annoying having to sweep up the neighbour’s trees fallen leaves, they aren’t responsible for sweeping up fallen leaves.
Even if the wind blows fruit off a neighbours tree and into your garden, technically the fruit still belongs to them. So, it’s best to ask your neighbour if you can keep it before eating it.
#6 Boundaries and Fences
Your house deeds should indicate who owns what fence and they are responsible for the boundaries. These can, however, move over time which means disputes can be caused. In this situation, you may need to contact HM Land Registry for more information.
There are certain acts which are in place to protect the amount of light shining in your windows. The Rights of Light Act says that a window which has received natural light for 20 years or more, can’t be blocked by a new tree.