Where trees or hedges get out of hand neighbour disputes can occur, such as where a high hedge is perceived to restrict someone's use or enjoyment of their property. Tall hedges can be a nuisance, especially where neighbours can't agree on a suitable height amicably. However, legislation now gives people whose gardens are overshadowed the opportunity to resolve the problem through the Trees and High Hedges Act 2005.
The purpose of consultation is to gather views and comment so that issues are decided, as far as possible, on consideration of all the relevant information and arguments. It informs the decision-making process, raising points to be taken into account that might otherwise have been overlooked.