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Thompson Tree (Northants) Ltd
is a well established company

that excels in providing first class cost-effective tree services throughout Northamptonshire.

TREE SURGERY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)

  • My neighbour is cutting branches from my trees that hang over his property and throwing them back over to my side is this legal ?

    It is legal for neighbouring properties to cut overhanging branches back to the boundary line but no further, however the law states that they should ask of your permission to DISPOSE of the waste material. Throwing waste material back onto your property is actually classed as trespassing. If the trees are protected by a T.P.O then no branches can be removed without consent from the local authority.

  • My tree is protected by a T.P.O, I don't want to cut it down but would like to remove a few branches is this aloud.

    Works can only be undertaken with consent from the local planning office. The maximum fine for cutting down or pruning without consent is £25,000, it is best to employ a professional Arborist and they will handle the application form.

  • How long does it take to gain consent to prune/cut down a tree covered by a TPO?

    Depending on the local authority and the amount of backlog it can take up to 6 weeks.

  • Can I remove a tree covered by a TPO if it is dying or dangerous?

    You will still require consent from the local planning office and in some cases you are required to provide evidence, if the tree is truly dangerous the tree can then be removed under the 5 day DEAD DYING and DANGEROUS act. In some cases a qualified, council approved Arborist will remove a tree and provide photographic evidence to justify their decision but this is only if the tree is extremely dangerous.

  • Can I have a TPO placed on my tree?

    You can apply for a TPO to be placed on a tree even if it does not stand on your land, the tree must provide an amenity value to qualify for a TPO.

  • Is it ok to remove roots growing onto my land from a neighbour’s tree?

    Removing structural roots will not only cause harm to a healthy tree it may also leave the tree unstable and vulnerable to high winds, should the tree fall or die you may well find yourself liable, you may remove branches ABOVE ground level but not below.

  • Can I cut trees in a conservation area?

    Not without consent, you must submit a 6 week notice of intent to carry out works, the local planning office then has 6 weeks to place a preservation order on the trees (TPO) if they disagree.

  • Will I get a fine for cutting down a tree in a conservation area?

    The maximum penalty for tree removal within a conservation area is £5000, trees less than 6 inches DBH (Depth at Breast Height) are exempt.

  • Can trees cause cracks in my property?

    Yes but there are many factors to take into consideration such as species, distance from property, soil type, drainage and depth of foundations. It is strongly advisable that you contact your insurance company BEFORE carrying out any works.

  • Can I reduce the height of my neighbours hedge/tree?

    You are only permitted by law to remove LATERAL branches that grow over your property, reducing the height is classed as vandalism.

  • My neighbour’s hedge is far too high and I get very little light to my property. Are there any laws to how high they can let it grow?

    Unfortunately not, in order to prove your right to light you will need to employ the services of your local authority to carry out a light evaluation. The local authority has the power to enforce a hedge reduction but this is only in the most extreme cases. This can cost up to £450 and sometimes involves mediators at extra costs.

  • Can I prune my tree while it is flowering?

    This is possibly the worst time to prune trees, flowering times for each species vary as does the length of time that it flowers but generally most trees flower for 2-4 weeks so be patient.

  • How can I tell if my tree is dying?

    There are many different types of diseases that affect different trees in different ways, you should employ the services of a professional Arborist if you are concerned. Common indicators that a tree is in decline are early defoliation (loss of leaves), tree fails to produce foliage, die back in upper crown and bark falling from main stems/branches.

  • My tree is decayed is it dying or dangerous?

    Not necessarily trees can function and live for many years with decay, it is important to establish the level of decay to determine whether or not the tree is safe. A PICUS tomography test can be carried out to accurately establish the level of decay.

  • My Tree has black spots on its leaves

    Tar spot of Acer (Rhytisma acerinum) is a fungal infection which has no adverse effects on the trees long term health. To control it is advised that you collect and burn all leaf litter.

  • My tree has what looks like cotton wool all over the branches

    This is insect larvae and an appropriate pesticide will cure the problem.

  • How do I stop ants from eating the fruit on my tree?

    A resin strip positioned below the first major union will prevent the ants from getting into the crown of the tree.

  • Why is sticky stuff dripping from my tree?

    Honeydew is a rather unpleasant bi-product of the aphids feeding cycle which is squirted from their siphunculi. This sticky sap like substance can damage car paint work and is commonly found under Lime and Sycamore trees which are the main source of the aphid’s diet.

  • When is the best time to prune trees?

    Most trees if done correctly by an Arborist can be pruned all year round with the exception of trees in flower and a few other species such as Walnut which should only be pruned when dormant. Optimum pruning times vary but general rule of thumb would be whilst dormant.