Deciding to remove a tree from your garden or land around your property is a big decision, whether it’s because it’s outgrown its spot, been badly storm-damaged, or you have a dying tree on your hands. However, before jumping in and removing trees, you’ll need to consider everything from safe felling methods to respecting TPOs (Tree Preservation Orders) in place.

Follow our expert advice to planning tree removals.

What you need to know before removing a tree What are the signs a tree needs removing?

Many people decide to remove trees from their property because they’ve become unsafe (such as storm damaged trees) or overgrown. The roots of a large tree may even be causing issues for a nearby driveway or property. However, if you’re unsure whether a tree needs removing, there are some key signs to look out for.

If you’re concerned about the size of the tree, consider how close it’s growing towards your property or if it’s simply too large for the space. You may wish to consult a tree surgeon to see if some skilled pruning can help, but the tree may need removing if it’s become a nuisance or blocking out too much sunlight.

You should also keep an eye on trees for any signs of disease or extensive damage causing danger to others. This includes discolouration, leaves dying out of season, broken branches, a hollow trunk, large holes appearing and anything else that doesn’t look like a normal part of a healthy tree.

Can you remove a neighbour’s tree?

When it comes to the rights to cut down a tree, always check who owns it. This is usually the person or authority who owns the land on which the tree trunk stands. You’ll often be permitted to remove any overhanging branches crossing the boundary line onto your property, but you should check with your neighbour first to prevent disputes. You can also report any dangerous trees to your local council if you’re not reaching a resolution.

What to do if there’s a TPO in place

While land ownership is important, even if a tree is under your care, you may need permission to complete any maintenance (including a total removal) if there’s a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) applied. This is sometimes in place to protect the tree because of its history or environmental benefits. If you’d like to remove a tree with a TPO, speak to your local authority first.

Safe tree removal methods

Great care must be taken when removing any tree, so never attempt to conduct the work yourself as this can put yourself, others and nearby properties at risk. A professional tree surgeon will use specialist tree removal methods, including controlled tree felling and the use of equipment such as ropes and wedges.

Ask an expert tree surgeon for advice

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