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A number of years ago we had a conservatory built at the back of our house. Now our neighbours have planted conifers right up against it. Can we ask them to remove the trees? They’re blocking our light and we’re worried the roots may be damaging the foundations.

You can ask the council to intervene if the hedge exceeds two metres and it presents a barrier to light or access and adversely affects your enjoyment of your property but involving the council will cost money, and you will have to be able to show that you have made an attempt to resolve the issue with your neighbour. In the meantime you are entitled to cut the hedge back to the boundary. The roots are unlikely to present a problem if your conservatory has proper foundations.

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