Help , just moved house and next door has a 50 foot conifer overlooking our garden . Met the previous owner of our house and he reckons if I pay , I can get the bloody thing lopped . I know he should pay but it is our light so he does not give a flying f,,k . Anyone on this board got any clue on the cost , or even better anyone can help !!
Set fire to it
Oldie, loves my footy and the horses I do
Just inject a bit of petrol into the trunk of it. Apparently.
I cut mine down with an axe and an electric saw.
You're welcome to borrow both
Spray lacquer low on his side, an inch or so higher on your side.
Strong wind in Jan - T-I-M-B-E-R-R-R!
(lacquer eats in and kills the wood)
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Not sure you can do much.
If the tree is undermining the party wall you may have a case. If you can convince your neighbour it is in his interest then he may cut his losses and split the cost.
Above all, I would try and and keep your relationship as amicable as possible though.
There is the high hedges legislation. Depending on your council it will either be the planning dept or env health department that enforce it. Contact them, their may be a fee and you may have to try to solve it with the neighbour first but they can visit and if they agree with you they can order it to be lopped i think. Link here to guidance
Many thanks for all the replies , but all I want to know is how much a fella with. A chain saw will cost me , it's a pretty big job and I am not trying it
I cut mine down 5 of mine with a mate ,the top is easily sawed as its thin .
Cut the branches first so you can lean a ladder against it .
Cut it in sections top to bottom.
Tie a rope to the top so you can bring it down in the right direction when you saw.
When you have cut down to the bottom your work gets harder due to the thickness at the base ,I bought a £50 chainsaw to attack the base be careful though, still way cheaper than paying a tree cutter.
You can kill the root by drilling holes in it and putting SBK or cover it and it should rot .
Good luck be careful.
Pay a skilled guy to do it or leave it alone is my advice. My Mrs was an A & E Nurse for 30 odd years and so many gruesome accidents with ladders and chainsaws. Just my opinion. You wont be able to enjoy the extra light if you only have part of a head.
Isn't there a stupid law saying you have no right to light ?
If it's not cut down you'll end up being a shadow of your former self.
If the tree is not on your property you are able only to cut down any branches that overhang your property. Google "High Hedge Law" and see if this applies. However if there is only one tree then this law will probably not apply.
Is the tree in question dangerous? If so there is the Dangerous Tree Act. Speak to the horticultural officer of the Council for advice?
The best solution is to appeal to your neighbour who owns the tree. It is really for him to decide what to do. He might not want to go to the expense of around £1500 but you could offer to pay or share the cost.
Probably easier to move house again.
Preferably to one without a massive fcuking tree next door.
You cannot chop down a tree belonging to your neighbour without agreement. And neither would anyone with a chain saw do the job as that would be a criminal offence.
Further to my earlier post there is also The Right To Light Act. A good website is here:
As fir as I'm concerned I'd leaf it to the experts too
I once had a leaflet through the door offering a tree cutting service. 3 blokes turned up. Think it was Paddy, his uncle Patrick and his brother Patrick. They took an hour or 2 to take down and shred 6 10 foot conifers. £150 if my memory serves me right.
They offered to clean my guttering aswell but didn't take them up on the offer.
We had a similar problem on a development in Pencoed. A neighbouring property had trees encroaching where we were putting up new builds. Phoned Bridgend council and they said cut down the overhanging branches and throw them back into the neighbours garden, so that's what we did.
Because they were the property of the neighbours, so the council said to throw them in their garden