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Clarification on over hanging tree

Hi all,

We have a bungalow property that is next to a church with land and trees. The church has lots of trees that are very close to the border with our property and some overhang. On part of that land is a big pine tree which sheds its pines each year straight into the gulleys and waterways of our property.
About 4 or 5 months ago i contacted the church asking them if they could get the pine tree cut down to half it's current size (it's currently about 40 feet high)  and they said they would get quotes to get this done.
I've contacted them a few times since then to ask for an update and they said it's been tough going. A few days ago I contacted them again and they are now saying that we need to pay for half of the work to be done before anything happens.
Hope I've explained this properly as I've tried not to waffle on. Does anyone know if they can ask for us to pay half towards the work please?

Any advice and opinions (either way) would be welcome and appreciated

Kind regards Mark 
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  • Keep_pedalling
    Keep_pedalling Posts: 16,161
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    If it is shedding all its leaves every year that sounds more like a larch, but whatever it is I am surprised that they are offering to lower the height as they are not obliged to and I would not be surprised if it did not need LA approval to give it a massive haircut.
  • jonnydeppiwish!
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    If they’re saying they will do it but you need to pay half, as long as it’s a reasonable cost (circa £500 each), then in your situation, I would bite their hand off.

    I have a TPO oak tree just outside my boundary that my neighbour won’t pay to have it cut so I paid £1000 to do it.
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  • Keep_pedalling
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    We are buying a bungalow that backs onto parkland with large trees near the boundary. The current owners had to get LA approval to trim the trees back to the boundary and they paid for the work as well. Something for us to look forward to having to do over the coming years.
  • propertyrental
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    If they’re saying they will do it but you need to pay half, as long as it’s a reasonable cost (circa £500 each), then in your situation, I would bite their hand off.

    I have a TPO oak tree just outside my boundary that my neighbour won’t pay to have it cut so I paid £1000 to do it.

    presumably you or the land owners got LA consent as there's a TPO.....
  • elsien
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    edited 5 January at 8:06PM
    Giraffe76 said:
    Hi all,

    We have a bungalow property that is next to a church with land and trees. The church has lots of trees that are very close to the border with our property and some overhang. On part of that land is a big pine tree which sheds its pines each year straight into the gulleys and waterways of our property.
    About 4 or 5 months ago i contacted the church asking them if they could get the pine tree cut down to half it's current size (it's currently about 40 feet high)  and they said they would get quotes to get this done.
    I've contacted them a few times since then to ask for an update and they said it's been tough going. A few days ago I contacted them again and they are now saying that we need to pay for half of the work to be done before anything happens.
    Hope I've explained this properly as I've tried not to waffle on. Does anyone know if they can ask for us to pay half towards the work please?

    Any advice and opinions (either way) would be welcome and appreciated

    Kind regards Mark 
    You don’t have to pay half and they don’t have to do anything about them. The fine art of compromise.
    it would also probably be worth checking whether there is a TPO on them or not. Neighbour had a tree that he thought was some sort of pine but was actually a cedar and he did have to get permission to prune it.
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  • Giraffe76
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    Thank you for all your replies but I've seen TPO mentioned a few times and I need to ask what TPO stands for please

    Thanks Mark
  • greyteam1959
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    Tree Preservation Order

  • sheramber
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    Giraffe76 said:
    Thank you for all your replies but I've seen TPO mentioned a few times and I need to ask what TPO stands for please

    Thanks Mark
    A Tree Preservation Order. 

    In other words you cannot do any damage, pruning or cutting down without permission, from the local authority. 

  • Yorkie1
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    Your local council is likely to have an online plan / map with all TPOs marked on it, as a starter for research purposes
  • Keep_pedalling
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    Yorkie1 said:
    Your local council is likely to have an online plan / map with all TPOs marked on it, as a starter for research purposes
    You also need to notify the LA of tree work if you live in a conservation area regardless of whether a TPO is in place.

    https://www.scambs.gov.uk/climate-emergency-and-nature/nature-and-biodiversity/trees-and-hedgerows/trees-in-conservation-areas#:~:text=If%20you%20live%20in%20a,the%20required%20information%20is%20supplied.

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