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The eight secret gardening laws you might be breaking that could get you fined up to £20k | The Sun
GARDENING season is nearly over, which means plenty of Brits will be out trying to tick off the last jobs before winter comes.
However, if your jobs consist of cutting down trees or replacing a fence, then you may want to read on to make sure you're not breaking any laws that could land you with a hefty £20,000 fine.
It turns out there are lots of jobs that could you land in trouble with your neighbour and the law, fortunately, gardening experts over at Toolstation have revealed the eight laws you need to be aware of not breaking.
While some of these laws could land you with a fine of up to £20,000 in extreme cases, a friendly chat with your neighbours can usually resolve any issues.
Tree removal and pruning
If you have a tree in your garden you want to get rid of you better think twice and do your research.
The gardening experts reveal: “If one neighbour wishes to remove or heavily prune a tree that the other neighbour values, disputes can arise over the impact on the view, shade, or privacy. "
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While it might cause a row, if it is in your property boundary it is ultimately your choice, unless it has a Tree Protection Order on it.
“But, some trees may be protected by a Tree Protection Order which makes it an offence to uproot, top or destroy them, the experts warn.
The maximum fine for breaking this law is £20,000, so make sure you double check if it does have a TPO.
You can find out by contacting your local council for a map that shows this information. Alternatively, you can ask to speak with your local tree officer.
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