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Scotland’s High Hedge Bill passes into law


One of the strange things I noticed about Scotland a few years ago was the absence of any law to deal with disputes over high hedges.

It’s one of those apparently trivial but necessary things to have, as seen by the high-profile cases that used to appear in the media when an apparently trivial dispute between neighbours turned nasty, and the only recourse was endless costly legal threats with no guts (as there was no law being broken), or resorting to violence, in which case there were laws on hand, so the parties ended up in court, fined, or worse. Still didn’t solve the hedge problem, and could make it worse as it escalated things.

Laws on high hedges came into  force in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and even the Isle of Man, but Scotland let this one run.

A few weeks ago, a team of tree surgeons descended on my neighbour’s garden, and proceeded to fell all the large leylandii which not extended about 15 metres into the sky, but also hung over the three neighbouring gardens, which enjoyed a steady stream of dead material from the trees (they may be evergreen, but they still shed dead growth constantly), and loads of seed pods. These are like little wooden marble, and have to be regularly collected and dumped.

I didn’t know this law was about to be passed, so I wonder if he did?

I might add he keeps a tidy garden otherwise, and I have never complained about the leylandii.

According to the Bill, a hedge becomes high when it passes the 2 metre (6 ft 7 in) mark, provided it is formed by one or two rows of evergreens such as leylandii.

MSPs are already considering amending the definition to cover all trees and shrubs.

Shrubs might not be a bad idea, but extending it to trees sounds like a change that will need a lot of thought.

As it is, the High Hedges (Scotland) Bill took some ten years to reach completion.

Via Holyrood passes High Hedges Bill to settle neighbourhood disputes | Politics | News | STV


April 6, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. The law needs to extend to high leylandii trees as well. We have a single tree next to our fence and the neighbour will not reduce the height of it. It must be about 40 ft high.


    Comment by Annette | May 2, 2013

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