Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

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Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by sonofabeech » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:18 pm

At any cost, do not buy a house with a tree that has a TPO on it. You may end up getting lots of grief from belligerent neighbours who do not understand the law relating to Tree Preservation Orders.

We have a lovely tree, but when you get alienated from 3 or 4 of your neighbours it is not funny any more :cry: :cry: :cry:

We have had 2 or 3 new neighbours that have moved in recently who seem to think that they can just tell us what to do in relation to our tree.

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by Collaborate » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:45 am

We have one of those. Never had a problem with it. In fact, if you look at some of the problems people bring to this forum about trees, for the owners of the tree, having a TPO will prevent many as no one can (save in very restricted circumstances) alter such a tree without formal consent.

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by raymilland » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:27 am

You could always try and arrange for your council's arboricultural officer to either visit or write to the neighbours concerned. Or at the very least point them at the relevant page on your council website relating to TPOs.

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by SwitchRich » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:13 pm

What was the issue? Where the neighbours asking you to cut it down?

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by APC » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:40 pm

That's not a problem with the tpo, it's a problem with your neighbours!

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by sonofabeech » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:56 pm

Thanks for the replies. I understand the law and I have had the Tree Officer out in the past, along with an arboriculturalist who has confirmed the health of the tree.

People just complain constantly, either because it cuts out their light, the leaf drop, the beech nut drop, the husks in the spring - all cluttering their gutters and gardens and we get it in the neck.

We have done nothing wrong and I get fed up with people giving us grief over a tree that has an order on it.

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by sonofabeech » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:01 pm

Collaborate wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:45 am
We have one of those. Never had a problem with it. In fact, if you look at some of the problems people bring to this forum about trees, for the owners of the tree, having a TPO will prevent many as no one can (save in very restricted circumstances) alter such a tree without formal consent.
I agree, it does offer us protection. Unfortunately some people don't accept this and continue to give you grief

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by sonofabeech » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:03 pm

SwitchRich wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:13 pm
What was the issue? Where the neighbours asking you to cut it down?
Wanted it cut back because it is overhanging their garden. It is 120 feet tall. Ironically the people who complain have recently moved in. If they didn't want to be under the shadow of my tree they shouldn't have bought the house in the first place.

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by sonofabeech » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:03 pm

APC wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:40 pm
That's not a problem with the tpo, it's a problem with your neighbours!
I'll agree with you there

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by TO » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:36 am

If the overhang is a problem to the neighbours, why don't they apply to have the tree trimmed to the boundary, and if consent is forthcoming do it.

Why is it always somebody else's fault/responsibility. What's wrong with them doing what is their right to do.

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by arborlad » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:47 am

Somewhere on the forum is a humorous comment concerning large TPOd trees and house ownership - anyone?
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smile...it confuses people

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by jonahinoz » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:37 am

Somewhere on the forum is a humorous comment concerning large TPOd trees and house ownership - anyone?

Some years ago, in the Land Rover Series One club magazine, there was a cartoon sketch of the very first Land Rover prototype (very distictive, and long lost) with a tree growing through it.

The caption said ... "A conflict of interest there, that tree is a protected species!"

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by TO » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:38 pm

Sonofabeech didn't buy a house with a tree in the garden, they bought a tree with a house in the garden.

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by sonofabeech » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:07 pm

TO wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:36 am
If the overhang is a problem to the neighbours, why don't they apply to have the tree trimmed to the boundary, and if consent is forthcoming do it.

Why is it always somebody else's fault/responsibility. What's wrong with them doing what is their right to do.
I don't have a problem with that at all and won't stand in their way.

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Re: Owning a tree with a TPO : Hassle from Neighbours

Post by sonofabeech » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:09 pm

TO wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:38 pm
Sonofabeech didn't buy a house with a tree in the garden, they bought a tree with a house in the garden.
LOL - you are right there.

I just feel aggrieved that a tree which has an order causes us so much hassle because some of the neighbours don't seem to accept that it has an order.



We adopted it and have to live with it; so should they :lol:

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