Residents

Can I put cuttings back over the fence from my neighbours overgrown tree?

The waste materials from pruning work (the 'arisings') belong to the tree owner.

In theory, removal of the arisings without the owners consent could constitute an obscure form of theft known as 'conversion', although, unless the tree owner has a particular need for that material, it is unlikely they would make a complaint. It is, therefore, perfectly legitimate to return the arisings to the neighbour. The material must be returned in such a way as not to cause damage or injury to avoid being sued. In practical terms, it must be advised that dumping the arisings back with the tree owner, although perfectly legal, may not be regarded as a neighbourly act and could lead to disputes.

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