Cut back overgrown trees and hedges on your property

This story was published 1 September 2022

Residents are being reminded to cut back any hedges or trees on their land that are causing a hazard to the public.

An overgrown tree in North Yorkshire

In recent weeks our highways teams have seen an increase in reports of pavements being obstructed and road signs obscured by overgrown trees and bushes.

We are responsible for making sure trees and hedges don’t obstruct the highway or damage property.

Landowners and occupiers have similar responsibilities for trees and hedges on their property. They must make sure these do not obscure road signs, reduce visibility for road users or prevent people using the road or pavement safely.

They are also responsible for removing dead or decaying trees and other growth, removing branches that hinder high-sided vehicles or block light from a street light, and making sure roads and pavements are clear of debris from cutting work.

Executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: “With bird nesting season behind us we are encouraging people to cut back their trees and hedges that could be putting pedestrians and road users at risk.

“This includes hedges or trees that are reducing the width of footpaths, obscuring street lights and hiding road signs. Please do your bit in maintaining vegetation on your property for the safety of others.”

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