Report a tree blocking light
We are usually not able to respond to complaints about loss of light to a property. Where trees are concerned there is 'no right to light', and there is no legal obligation for us to prune a tree for this reason.
The most common complaints we receive are of trees blocking light into a property or shading a garden. We do not fell or prune council owned trees solely for this reason, unless an Arboriculture Officer agrees the problem is severe.
Severe problems may include loss of sunlight where the property is surrounded by trees and very little sunlight enters the garden, or trees that block light during the day in living room areas which means having to use artificial light.
Issues we can't deal with
- trees obscuring street lights - if a tree is obscuring a street light, report it as a problem with a street light
- solar panels - shading from trees can impact on the ability to generate electricity, however we do not fell or prune council owned trees solely for this reason
- trees on private land - we can only consider problems with light being blocked by caused by council-owned trees
We will ask you for the following information when you report a tree blocking light:
- the exact location of the tree
- where the tree is blocking light from
You can also upload a photo of the problem if you have one.