Protected Trees and High Hedges
Ash die back disease affecting North Devon ash trees
Cases of ash die back affecting ash trees in North Devon is increasing - please see the advice from Devon County Council and get your trees inspected.
Trees can either be protected by a tree preservation order (TPO) or because they are within a conservation area. If this is the case, you need permission from the council before you can carry out any work.
Use our mapping tool to see if a tree is protected. You can download a copy of the order from here.
High Hedge Complaint
Any hedges that are within the boundary of your own property are your responsibility. Although there is no legislation that limits the height of any hedge, If a hedge does adversely affect the owners/occupiers of an adjoining domestic property then they may be within their right to take action through the High Hedges complaints system introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.
When making a complaint about a hedge, please also ensure you have read the following:
- GOV.UK guidance notes - High hedges: complaining to the council
- Our council guidance notes on high hedge complaints (pdf 40KB)