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The right hedge can be an ideal garden boundary but the wrong hedge may bring problems, especially if it is allowed to grow unchecked. When considering whether a particular hedge can be the subject of a complaint under the Act, people should ask themselves the following:
- Is the hedge - or portion that is causing problems - made up of a line of two or more trees or shrubs?
- Is it mostly evergreen or semi-evergreen?
- Is it more than 2 metres above ground level?
- Even though there are gaps in the foliage or between the trees, is the hedge still capable of obstructing light or views?
If the answer to all of these questions is 'yes', then it is likely to be a high hedge for the purpose of the Act. There are other factors that need to be taken into consideration and the following leaflets explain why:
- High Hedges - Complaining to the council leaflet Opens in a new window
- High Hedges - Over the Garden Hedge Opens in a new window
- View more information on high hedges
Download a Complaint Form
Use the High Hedges Complaint Form to submit a complaint to the Council about a high hedge, under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003. It should be completed by the person making the complaint or their representative
- Download the High Hedges Complaint FormFile Type: Microsoft Excel document, File Size:60.50 Kb (9 seconds @ 56K) Opens in a new window
- Download the Guidance Notes to help you complete the Complaint Form
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