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Tall trees blocking sunlight in garden

Reported via desktop in the Tree blocking daylight category anonymously at 11:29, Friday 22 October 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3078034.

Hello, I’ve lived here for 25 years and have watched the trees at the back of our house grow. They are great for the birds and also to add privacy to our home and garden. However, these trees are now so tall that they also block most of the sunshine (regardless of time of year) from our once sunny south facing garden. This is also the case for the tree at the back of No. 40’s garden. My question is: can you cut about 5-10 feet off the top of these trees please? We do not, under any circumstances, want to have the trees chopped down completely, just the crown taking out and the height reduced. Would this please be possible. Many thanks for your consideration. Sue and Mark Gooch

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  • Enquiry received

    Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree. This has been sent to Aragon Direct Services for further investigation. We will endeavour to provide a further update within 3 working days

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 11:30, Friday 22 October 2021

  • Inspection Arranged

    Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree.

    Your enquiry has been allocated to one of our qualified tree surveyors who will carry out an inspection and provide an update within 40 working days.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 11:52, Friday 22 October 2021

  • Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree.

    In accordance with the Peterborough Tree & Woodland Strategy 2018-2028, a qualified tree surveyor has visited the site, assessed your request and concluded that there is no need to undertake tree works.

    We don't prune or remove council-owned trees to improve natural light for a private property (including obstruction of solar panels).

    All council-owned trees are surveyed by a qualified surveyor for safety every one-to-five years, depending on how much the area surrounding them is used. We also carry out maintenance work if it's needed.

    You have a legal right to cut back any branches hanging onto your property. You can only cut them from the point where they cross over onto your property. We recommend that all cut material is disposed of as normal garden waste. It is also recommended that the services of a suitably insured and qualified tree surgeon are used to carry these works out on your behalf.

    Before you cut back any trees, you need to find out if it's protected by a Tree Preservation Order, or if it's in a conservation area. If a tree is protected, you'll need to get permission to cut it.
    Please visit conservation trees and hedges for more information.

    For further information please read the Peterborough Tree & Woodland Strategy 2018-2028

    I trust this answers your enquiry, however, should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Aragon Direct Services.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 11:41, Thursday 18 November 2021

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