10 Little-Known Gardening Laws
Our list covers everything from common issues like:
- Overhanging branches
- Boundary disputes
- Blocking sunlight
- What to do with fallen fruit
But we’ll also get into some weird and wonderful laws you might be breaking! So, gardeners, we’ll forgive you if you didn’t know about some of these laws – they can be a bit counter-intuitive!
For example, who knew that you could cut back tree branches that overhang into your garden, as long as you don’t go past the boundary line?
More on that further down!
1. Trimming overhanging branches
Like we say, if a tree’s branches overhang into your property from your neighbour’s garden, you can trim them. But, you can only cut them back up to your property line.
This means that you also can’t lean over into your neighbour’s garden to do this. So if you’ve been doing either of those – technically, you’ve been trespassing!
4. Issues with fallen leaves
So you’re responsible for your neighbour’s fruit, but guess what?
They’re not responsible for sweeping up fallen leaves! That means that any windfalls that come onto your property are now yours to clear up. That might make you think about which direction your garden faces!
And don’t get into the trap of thinking that you can just chuck them back over the fence either! You’ll have to just add this to your list of gardening jobs.
5. Trees blocking natural light
Now, this is where it gets a bit tricky.
The long-standing owner of a building with windows has a right to maintain its level of illumination. So under the Rights of Light Act, if a window has Shop Garden Sheds
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