There are around three billion trees in the UK, many of them in the woodlands that make up 13% of our land area, but many more are in our care, in our gardens. They’re often seen to be as solid as the homes we live in – after all, some of them will have been there long before your property was built. But the reality is that sometimes trees fall, and if you’re really unlucky they’ll fall on something expensive, like a neighbour’s home, their car, or their prized petunias. OK, so maybe the petunias are a bad example. But if this happens can you really be held liable by your neighbour or was it just an ‘act of God’?
Many gardens have them and in Britain we love the presence of that shade-giving, season-welcoming, fauna habitat that is the tree. However, with great timber comes great responsibility, if I’m allowed to paraphrase Spiderman, because trees can also cause arguments, destroy property and cost you a small fortune in recompense, so it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities as a tree owner.
We are often called in to deal with trees that have got their owners into legal hot water, so we thought you might appreciate a quick overview of the sort of trouble your garden trees could be getting you into.