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My neighbours are chopping all the trees down , 
im worried they going to start the boundary ones.  Including a large conifer that’s half on mine. Which is taller than a house , I love the trees and wildlife , plus privacy, 
have I got rights , or protest against them , taking them down , 

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  • Oh dear..I feel your pain.
    Maybe it would be best to have a friendly conversation with these neighbours and tell them that as this tree is half on your land you hope they will not be touching it.
    Check your deeds to see if your boundary is clear.

    Sadly on their land they can pretty well do as they want.
    There are rules about felling trees over a certain size in certain council areas ..maybe discuss you worries with your council tree officer
    If it was a mature oak you could ask to have a tree preservation order,  a TPO,  put on it.
    Somehow conifers are not so highly valued.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,371
    Start with your local council and look for TPOs or conservation area designations.
  • Oh dear..I feel your pain.
    Maybe it would be best to have a friendly conversation with these neighbours and tell them that as this tree is half on your land you hope they will not be touching it.
    Check your deeds to see if your boundary is clear.

    Sadly on their land they can pretty well do as they want.
    There are rules about felling trees over a certain size in certain council areas ..maybe discuss you worries with your council tree officer
    If it was a mature oak you could ask to have a tree preservation order,  a TPO,  put on it.
    Somehow conifers are not so highly valued.
    I just don’t understand why chop down trees that birds nest in, and opening your property up , no privacy at all , 
    Thanku for your comment x
  • Agree with @steephill but it is normal proceedure for an official sign to be posted at the site if either TPO's or Conservation Area restrictions are involved.  This allows people to raise an objection before any work is carried out.
    If neither of the above regs apply, it really is a matter of going cap in hand to the neighbour and asking them to at least leave something.
    It isn't clear in your post  whether the tree trunk straddles the boundary line between you and the neighbour or whether the top growth simply overhangs your garden.  If the former, you may have an fair argument but if the latter, there's little you can do on a legal basis.
    Thanku for your comment , sorry dint explain myself right , the conifer is on there land , and a good nesting tree, 
    It’s on there side . But it’s always have privacy on our garden , taking these down. Just opens our property up, it’s sad that people want to chop down trees 🌲. I’m in process of configuring my garden now, just ordered three mature trees , etc . 
    Thanku 
  • It’s true they can’t chop trees down from March because of the nesting season ? Xx
  • Oh dear..I feel your pain.
    Maybe it would be best to have a friendly conversation with these neighbours and tell them that as this tree is half on your land you hope they will not be touching it.
    Check your deeds to see if your boundary is clear.

    Sadly on their land they can pretty well do as they want.
    There are rules about felling trees over a certain size in certain council areas ..maybe discuss you worries with your council tree officer
    If it was a mature oak you could ask to have a tree preservation order,  a TPO,  put on it.
    Somehow conifers are not so highly valued.
    Yes some to them , they know how I love the trees  last year , but I know they want them down , they’ve not been in years like Is, it’s upsetting to see trees being taken down 😢 

    we have loads of wildlife on our garden 🪴 
  • delskidelski Posts: 274
    Ah I see, their tree overhangs your boundary so "half" of the canopy is over your land.
    Sadly, they can chop trees down in nesting season even though it's illegal. It's then up to you to contact the authorities to make sure they get punished for the crime. That probably wouldn't make life very pleasant for you, if they're the type of people to chop trees down during nesting season.
    You are getting ahead of yourself (I often do this myself...) as they haven't yet chopped the trees down, so maybe it's worth a chat with them to see what their plans are?
    I have obnoxious neighbours over the back who chopped down a laurel very close to the boundary conifer in which a blackbird was raising her chicks - I'm surprised she didn't abandon the nest and her chicks.
    Also re: TPOs - if you buy the house your solicitor should be telling you about them or there should be reference in the legal documents for the property.
  • delski said:
    Ah I see, their tree overhangs your boundary so "half" of the canopy is over your land.
    Sadly, they can chop trees down in nesting season even though it's illegal. It's then up to you to contact the authorities to make sure they get punished for the crime. That probably wouldn't make life very pleasant for you, if they're the type of people to chop trees down during nesting season.
    You are getting ahead of yourself (I often do this myself...) as they haven't yet chopped the trees down, so maybe it's worth a chat with them to see what their plans are?
    I have obnoxious neighbours over the back who chopped down a laurel very close to the boundary conifer in which a blackbird was raising her chicks - I'm surprised she didn't abandon the nest and her chicks.
    Also re: TPOs - if you buy the house your solicitor should be telling you about them or there should be reference in the legal documents for the property.
    We get on really well. , they know how passionate I am with birds, trees etc, It’s just frustrating to see, they will be taking them down, as they want to put fence up, the trees as really been the fence, before we moved in 11 years previous owner told us, but I was happy with this situation, however these neighbours as nice as they are, don’t prefer this , I know it’s up to them to do whatever, but I will say something if they Start hacking away at it from March, it does need a professional tree surgeon , because it’s that big , 
    Thanku for your comments, really appreciate it 
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