- During windy conditions trees may fall onto or lash against the building and rocking of the roots can cause collapse of boundary walls.
- Leaves and twigs block gutters and underground drains.
- Roots removing moisture from clay soils can lead to shrinkage of the clay, causing the foundations to move and the walls to crack.
- Branches falling onto visitors, neighbouring property or cars are a frequent source of claims.
To reduce the risk, it is important that regular inspections of trees is undertaken. At least every six months should be considered essential and at least every five years by a tree surgeon.
We would recommend that prior to any works being carried out in respect of any trees on or near the property that you check regarding the existence of any tree preservation orders. A Tree Preservation Order is an order made by a Local Authority to protect specific trees.
- An order prohibits the cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without written consent. Below is a link to the Government website which provides more guidance in respect of this aspect: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-preservation-orders-and-trees-in-conservation-areas