Trees & Hedgerows
Overgrown trees and hedges can cause a danger to highway
users, especially blind and disabled. Children are particularly at
risk from eye injury. They can also impair vision for drivers at
Boundary hedges along public rights of way, which are generally
rural and unsurfaced, are similarly the responsibility of the
landowner and seasonal growth should be cut back.
Hedges should be cut back to property boundaries and there
should be 2.5m head clearance on a footway. Street lighting
columns must be kept clear.
Report an Overgrown Tree or Hedge online
Report an Overgrown Tree or Hedge
or alternatively please contact the Worcestershire Hub on
Who is Responsible for Trees and Hedges?
It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain trees
and hedges. If a safety issue is identified the council will
request that the owner cuts back overhanging vegetation.
Where this request is not fulfilled or the hedge is deemed an
immediate danger, the council will cut the hedge back and recharge
the property owner.
What we need from you
details and description of problem.
contact details in case we need to contact you/require
clarification of the reported issue.
What will the council do?
In accordance with our Service Level Agreement, we will look at
all reported issues within 28 days. However, where we are advised
that this is urgent, inspections may be prioritised.
We will contact the property owner (where appropriate)
requesting that they attend to the offending hedge/tree within 28
Get more information and advice over the phone on Trees &
For more information on Trees & Hedgerows you can get in
touch with the Worcestershire Hub on 0845
The county council will not act on overgrown vegetation which
- Affecting satellite reception
- Blocking light into a property
- Not overhanging the highway
- Dropping sap onto parked vehicles
- Not causing a highway safety issue
Hedge cutting should not be undertaken between March and August
due to bird nesting. For further information on the
responsibilities of property owners under the Wildlife and
Countryside Act, visit the RSPB website.
A website full of
information on birds and their migration across the UK.
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This page was last reviewed 14 May 2013 at 11:29.
The page is next due for review 10 November 2014.