a hedge has 2 sides

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a hedge has 2 sides

Post by doctorfoz » Tue May 03, 2005 4:32 pm

the deeds to my house indicate that the hedge to the left of the property (looking down the back garden away from the house) is my responsibility.

Do I only have to cut the top and my side? Or am I obliged in any way to keep the other side of the hedge (in my neighbour's garden) neat and tidy too?

We get on faily well with the neighbours on the left and I have, in the past, trimmed the whole hedge (it's a big job - the hedge is about 250 ft long!)

There's also a difference in garden levels (written about in this forum) of a couple of feet. My neighbours have asked to have a tall hedge to pervent their dog jumping over (fair enough) but it means I have to use ladders!! So, I cut the hedge at a sloping angle...seems to work for everyone.

I also have a hedge on the other side of my property, which 'belongs' to my other neighbour. the same question applies really, should I expect them to cut/maintain/trim the whole hedge (they don't at the moment and we're not quite as friendly - speaking terms and the odd friendly wave now and again)

thanks for any help


Alan Harris
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Post by Alan Harris » Wed May 04, 2005 9:38 pm

Dear Doctorfoz

The history of hedges is that farmers buildt heges on their side of a ditch excavated to place the hedge on it. The ownership was the middle of the ditch and room to trim the hedge would be included.

The history of your owned fence (if it were once a field boundary) might imply that you own a piece of land beyond it. The other hedge may equally have a ditch strip. Check this first.

If there is no history of a ditch then the agreed practice for the hedge will apply unless for instance the first hedge neighbour falls out with you and denies access. He could then find himself responsible for the cutting. Or you could simply decide not to cut it.

The other hedge is the neighbours and is your responsibility from the boundary.

You can change matters by agreement if you wish and the neighbours agree. Alternatively you may wish simply to write down normal practice and exchange that with neighbours so that when you sell yor house the buyer will know clearly any rights or duties which have become established.


Alan Harris
Alan is a consulting engineer specialising in subsidence, tree roots, soils and party wall surveying.

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