Overhanging vegetation

What you need to know

The council understands that it can sometimes be difficult to keep on top of gardens, and it does not want to unnecessarily interfere with the attractive appearance of gardens adjoining the public highway.

Nevertheless, it has obligations to ensure the public footpaths are kept clear for pedestrians, particularly those who are visually impaired who tell us that overhanging vegetation is the most common obstruction they experience when walking along the public footpath.

For information, footpaths should not be overgrown at ground level in a way that severely restricts the footpath width causing obstruction, nuisance, or danger to public highway users. Under normal circumstances the council will accept foliage overhanging the highway provided the lower branches are at least 2.5 metres above the footpath and at least 5 metres above the carriageway.

If you would like to report vegetation which is encroaching on the public highway you can do this using our online reporting form

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