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By Nosey 2 December 2008 26

Who can tell me if I am allowed to (legally) cut down a tree that doesn’t allow my garden to grow?

It’s one of those huge pine needle dropping Pines that cover and kill my lawn and anything I plant underneath it or near to it. All the needles that fall from it clog the gutters and cover half my front yard.

 I love trees but this is costing me a fortune as I have tried planting numerous plants to spruce up my garden without success. It was there when I bought my place but it is causing dramas that I did not see coming.

 I have read previous posts on this topic but the difference is this tree is on the nature strip out the front of my neighbours and not on their land. It borders on their strip and mine.

 Branches hang over my gardens and lawn which I know I can cut down but the problem will still be there as the tree is soo big I couldn’t reach without a sky hook.

No I am not a sook but seriously, suburbia is not the place for this tree to be. My other neighbours are of the same opinion. I can’t talk to the neighbours as they have just sold up and moved.

 Any (useful) posts will be appreciated as I need a solution.

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familydude72 12:34 pm 04 Jan 13

I have struggled over the last 6 years to have a gum tree removed from our nature strip. Initially the only issue was that the tree roots kept lifting up and busting the footpath (picture a broken pyramid shape in the middle of a flat footpath).

Called ACT government to come and look because a kid had stacked their scooter into it. They said that they couldn’t do anything to the tree but would replace the path. When the concreters came, they found it funny because they had to lay the concrete over the large tree roots and said that it would be busted up again within a few months. Sure enough – they were right.
A few weeks after this, someone was knocking at our door to tell us that there was gas smell coming from near the tree. Called the gas folk and it turned out the tree roots had hit the pipe – but after they repaired it, we were still not allowed to have the tree removed.
5 months later, I got a call from our neighbour to say that a speeding motorist had ploughed their car into the tree. Luckily no one was hurt but what a great opportunity to press for the tree to be removed! Wrong!!! When the guy in charge from ACT government came out (he has since retired), he said that he was familiar with the tree and the problems that it had caused, but that the car accident hadn’t shifted the tree in any way and so it wouldn’t be removed.
Another ruptured gas pipe and another new footpath, but still they won’t budge.

Prospector 7:11 pm 03 Jan 13

Being a well established tree, I assume it was there when you moved into your property, so I don’t think you have much of a case.

Nature strip trees are community assets and not something which should be dictated by the whims of individual leaseholders.

Thumper 8:05 am 03 Dec 08

I can’t believe I typed CAT, instead of ACT…

Where is that Red Bull…

Thumper 8:04 am 03 Dec 08

Even better, sell it to the CAT government so they can stick it up in civic somewhere.

Win- win situation…

farnarkler 7:40 am 03 Dec 08

It’s Christmas; cut it down, chop it up and if questioned, say someone took it to sell as a Christmas tree. Simple.

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