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Sycamore tree growing in hedge that borders my property

Reported via Android in the Grass and Hedges category anonymously at 19:21, Wednesday 31 May 2023

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

I recently bought 115 Lime Walk and there is a large Sycamore tree growing in the hedge that borders the back of my property and Nursery Close. I have noticed that another smaller sycamore sapling is now growing at the end of the last house in Nursery Close - worryingly close to the house (see photos). Can both trees be removed and can I remove them? I found on the council website this information: 'As a general rule, hedges, trees growing in the hedgerow, and the ditches in front of them, are owned by the adjoining landowner. They are seldom our responsibility.' so I am wondering if they are my responsibility and therefore my choice to remove them?

Council ref: ENQ23963730

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 19:21, Wednesday 31 May 2023

  • Good Afternoon, thank you for your query. Any tree which falls within your property boundary, is part of your property. You are correct in thinking this includes hedges etc, and shrubs growing within. If you are confident that these trees are part of the boundary hedge and/ or inside your property, then yes, they are your responsibility. Unfortunately we will be unable to confirm your boundary line. I have also contacted our tree team who do not maintain any trees within that area. However, they did recommend checking for Tree protection or conservation areas. Please see link for more information.
    https://www.oxford.gov.uk/ info/ 20198/ trees_woodlands_and_hedges/ 1498/ oxford_city_tpo_and_conservation_area_locations

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:06, Friday 2 June 2023

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