Nuisance when neighbours branch out
Who owns a tree?
The tree belongs to the person in whose garden it grows.
What about overhanging branches that reach into my land?
If the branches and or roots of a neighbouring tree spread into another property, they still belong to the tree-owner.
Does that mean I can’t cut them down?
You can cut back any overhanging branch that comes into your property. However, the cut branch(es), and any fruit or flowers attached to the branch(es) remain the property of the tree owner and must be returned.
If the tree has a Preservation Order on it then you cannot cut/pare any branches. Your local council will have a list of preservation orders.