As a tree owner, you have legal responsibilities surrounding the condition of trees on your domestic or commercial property. With over 30 years of experience in tree surgery, we advise on the requirements and best approach for your trees. As qualified tree surgeons, we have a comprehensive understanding of legal requirements surrounding tree work and hedge cutting. As such, we ensure your home or business in Camberley is up to standard, maximising safety and reducing the risk of legal issues. From pruning to tree removal and stump grinding, we help you understand your obligations as well as helping you get the most from your outdoor space.
The safety of trees is nearly always the responsibility of the landowner. However, there are some exceptions, such as when a rental agreement requires the tenants to undertake tree management. It’s important you understand your responsibilities to maximise safety and avoid legal disputes.
As a property owner, you should make yourself aware of any restrictions or protections that apply to your property in Camberley, such as TPOs. It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary permissions before carrying out tree management or tree removal.
You must also make sure other services, such as hedge cutting, comply with relevant regulations, protections or restrictions.
By law in the UK, tree owners must ensure their trees are reasonably safe and do not pose a risk to visitors or neighbours. The best way to maintain safety is with professional tree surgery.
Tree surgeons assess the needs of individual trees, taking into account species, condition and location. We then advise on the most suitable services, which may include work such as crown reduction, deadwooding or tree removal. Different services uphold the structure and strength of trees while minimising potential risks from falling branches.
If it is necessary to remove a tree in Camberley, we use stump grinding to maximise site safety and usability. If the tree was diseased, this also prevents disease spreading to other plants.
Commercial Property Owners
If you are the owner or manager of a commercial premises in the Camberley area, you have further safety duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. In line with this act, you must ensure a safe environment for both employees and non-employees, which may include the public and site visitors.
When it comes to outdoor spaces, there are various ways tree surgeons reduce risks, such as hedge cutting to allow safe access and stump grinding to remove trip hazards.
You should make sure your own trees don’t intrude on neighbouring properties however, if trees overhang or encroach on your property in Camberley, you have a right to prune them. While it’s always best to discuss concerns with the tree owner, under common law you can prune branches and roots over your boundary without consent from the owner, but you cannot undertake extensive tree surgery.
It’s important to note that you have a legal responsibility to take reasonable care when carrying out such work, otherwise you may be liable for any damage. Consequently, we strongly recommending having qualified tree surgeons carry out services.