One of the most common issues we encounter as contracting arborist’s is dealing with fence line trees and overhanging branches from neighbouring properties, and this can sometimes be a contentious issue!
The most important thing of course, is to get along with your neighbour! Whilst the Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal provides options for resolving tree disputes, these should only ever be implemented as an absolute last resort.
There are of course a number of things that can be done to address the issue of overhanging branches before QCAT gets involved, and these are best discussed between neighbours over a cup of Tea!
Generally speaking, overhanging branches that are within 2.5 metres of the natural ground level can be pruned right back to the property boundary. Branches higher than 2.5 metres can generally be reduced to minimise overhanging foliage and this pruning should be carried out to suitable reduction points.
We must of course remember that ‘fence-line pruning’ probably won’t comply with Australian Pruning Standards. In order to achieve an outcome which considers all parties’ interests, as well as carrying out the pruning to a high standard to achieve a sustainable long term solution, it is essential that professional advice and qualified tradesman are engaged to carry out the work.
So what are you waiting for? Put the kettle on, have a read through the Qld governments laws for trees and fences to learn how to handle a dispute, and give BTE a call or simply email us!