Overhanging hedges are trespass and if the owner of the hedge will not cut it back to the boundary, the owner of the adjoining property is entitled to put it back not keep the pieces because the pieces belong to the hedge owner. There is no need to get consent for any overhang to your property although it’s good practice to tell the hedge owner that you are going to do this if he will not do it. You might want to ask the hedge owner whether he wants the clippings back because although you can actually drop them onto his land, it may antagonise the situation if you just dump them there.
With regard to the hedge overhanging the other land which you are responsible to maintain, you are not the landowner and hence, you have not necessarily got a cause of action to cut the hedge back. If you were the occupier of the land then you are entitled to self-help in the same way as you are if the hedge overhangs your land which you own and you could then cut it back.
At the moment, you only are responsible to maintain that land and it’s debatable whether maintaining it extends to cutting the hedge. It’s different if you occupy that land. There is a solution however.
You say that you asked the owner of the road if you could plant a small shrub and so you obviously know who it is and are on speaking terms. So, if you get the consent from the owner of the road to actually cut the hedge back you can then say that you are acting on behalf of the owner in trimming the hedge to remove the trespass and you would be perfectly entitled to do that if the owner of the road agreed for you to do it. The same comments as before applies to the cuttings.
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