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Tree management FAQs

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about how we manage the trees along our canals and rivers.

What should I do if I spot a fallen tree?
If you have come across a tree which is blocking the navigation or towpath please contact us on 0303 040 4040 or tell us online.

How do you make sure trees along your waterways are healthy?
We undertake a bi-annual tree health and safety survey. This is conducted by an independent tree assessor and any trees which are deemed as a high priority (if they are considered likely to fall or dangerous) enter our tree maintenance programme and are prioritised accordingly.   

Trees which are not highlighted as part of this survey and are not damaging property will be monitored as part of the bi-annual survey.  

One of your trees is blocking the light to my property
Householders have no right to light from across a neighbours land.  Likewise there is no right to a view, and a view obstructed by the growth of trees cannot legally be regarded as a 'nuisance'

One of your trees is interfering with my television reception
There is no legal right to television reception.  Existing trees on neighbouring land which interfere with television reception, especially with satellite transmissions are unlikely to be regarded as a 'nuisance' in law.

What should I do if one of your trees is growing over my property?
There is no requirement in law to prevent trees spreading over a boundary.  However, whilst there is no obligation to prune trees, if branches or roots encroach on to neighbouring land they are legally regarded as a 'nuisance'. Under the terms of this law the tree owner is not obliged to cut back the branches overhanging their neighbour’s garden, unless it is causing structural damage to property.

Neighbouring properties have the right to prune back encroaching vegetation from their boundary.  However, we cannot give you permission to access our property for you to carry this work out, but we do give you permission to dispose of the cuttings appropriately. 

If a Canal & River Trust tree or vegetation is damaging your property please contact us on 0303 040 4040 or by filling in this online form.

Why have you left cuttings behind?
Whenever vegetation works are undertaken a decision is made whether to remove the cuttings off site or leave it as habitat piles. However, if the cuttings have been deposited on your property please contact us on 0303 040 4040

What should I do if I need access to your property to manage my trees?
All landowners have a duty of care to ensure that their vegetation does not cause damage to our infrastructure. Any resulting costs from fallen vegetation will be passed directly to the landowner. 

Please contact us if you wish to access our property on 0303 040 4040

Do you ever plant new trees?
Yes. Our environment team are constantly surveying and reviewing the management of our trees and hedgerows. For more information take a look at our environment team’s website pages.

Last date edited: 25 October 2016