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1. Dear Adrian, in relation to overhanging trees, the law gives a self-help remedy. The law allows you to cut back the trees to the midpoint line of the boundary and thereby avoid any tree coming into your land. It also gives you the right to cut back the roots of any tree to the midpoint line of the boundary as well. These tree-cutting operations have to be carried out at your own expense and you must place the cut tree branches back in your neighbour's land once cut.
2. There is no such thing as a legal action to compel your neighbour Hampshire CC to cut back their trees. YOu must do so yourself and at your own expense.
3. Whilst overhanging trees are technically a trespass, there is no such thing as a legal action in trespass to get them cut. So, you should hire someone who will cut the trees for you.
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