The Highways Act 1980 requires that public highways should be kept clear of dangers & obstructions.  Over time trees can grow and impede the movement & vision of padestrians and vehicles.  The Act gives the highway authority powers to instruct the owner of trees, shrubs or hedges to cut them back or remove them if they are deemed to obstruct or endanger highway users. Whilst no specific height measurements are given it is generally accepted that a footpath should have a minimum clearance of 2.4m and a road 5.05m.


DeLisle Tree Solutions frequently carryout work on and around highways; from the removal of hazardous trees to the pruning back of an unruly tree or hedge we are happy to advise you regarding the best course of action.