Hedges, Overgrowth and Trees


Landowners are responsible for ensuring that trees alongside a public right of way do not constitute a hazard to users of the path. If you are concerned about a tree on your land, you could have the tree inspected by a qualified arboriculturalist. The Arboricultural Association holds a list of approved contractors on their website (www.trees.org.uk) and suitable contractors can also be found in Yellow Pages. They will be able to give you advice on the health of the tree and suggest whether tree surgery would be appropriate.
The trimming back of overhanging vegetation such as hedges is also the responsibility of landowners, although Exmoor National Park Authority is sometimes able to undertake this work on landowners' behalf.