High Hedges

Legislation came into effect on the 1st June 2005 giving the council power to intervene in high hedge disputes between neighbours under part 8 of the anti social behaviour act. This is a last resort and complainants must be able to demonstrate that they have tried to resolve the dispute both verbally and and in writing before contacting the council.

What constitutes a high hedge?

For trees to be considered as a high hedge they must be:

  • Made up of two or more trees in a row
  • More than two metres in height
  • Adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment of someone's home or garden
  • Evergreen or Semi-Evergreen
  • Growing on land owned by someone else

Further information on high hedges can be found on the government website.

How is the complaint dealt with?

Further information on how a high hedge complaint is dealt with by the Tree Officer can be found online.

 Please read the government guidance on high hedge complaints to the council before you submit your complaint.

There is a charge of £300 to deal with high hedge complaints which needs to be submitted along with the high hedge complaint form. Please be aware that the complaint can not be dealt with until the money has been received by the City Council.

Please submit the form to either:



Planning Department
Worcester City Council
The Guildhall
High Street