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Law of Trees, Forests and Hedges, The

Law of Trees, Forests and Hedges, The
2nd Edition
Practice Area:  Environmental Law
ISBN:  9781847039149
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  14 Dec 2011
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedges provides the only detailed reference source on the large and disparate body of law relating to trees, forests and hedgerows – an uncoordinated mixture of private and public law, common law and statute.

This new, updated edition:

  • Explains the general law on trees, dealing with issues such as ownership, boundaries, subsidence claims, hazardous trees, highways, and habitat protection
  • Outlines the law relating to commercial forestry, looking at financial considerations, felling licences, the assessment of environmental impact and relevant health and safety issues
  • Highlights various mechanisms for protecting important trees and hedges, ancient woodlands and historic landscapes
  • Includes sample conditions for use with planning permissions and tree preservation orders
  • Extends for the first time to Scotland

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Trees and Hedges: The General Law

  • Ownership of trees
  • Trees on or near boundaries
  • Boundary hedges
  • Hazardous trees
  • Trees and highways
  • Trees and statutory undertakers
  • Other forms of liability for trees
  • Carrying out works to a tree
  • Planting trees and hedges


  • Commercial Forestry
  • Financial considerations
  • Environmental impact of forestry
  • Felling licences and directions

Trees and Woodlands of Particular Value

  • Protection for significant trees and woodlands
  • Making a tree preservation order
  • Works to protected trees: the need for consent
  • Works to protected trees: seeking consent
  • Unauthorised works to protected trees
  • Requirement to plant replacement trees
  • Trees in conservation areas
  • Trees in churchyards


  • Inclosure Act hedgerows
  • Protection of important hedgerows


  • Sample conditions for use with planning permissions
  • Sample conditions for use with consents under tree preservation orders
  • Penalties for criminal offences
  • Relevant organisations


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