Scope of the issue

1.26 Many residential properties have trees growing within their boundaries. The potential for neighbourhood tree disputes to arise is high. Data from the DSCV shows that a large number of people experience disputes with neighbours over trees.

1.27 In preliminary consultations, senior staff at DSCV told the Commission that tree disputes were the third most common type of dispute referred to their centres.

1.28 Data supplied by the DSCV shows that in the 5.5-year period spanning December 2011 to

May 2017, 18,727 of the 109,039 disputes referred related to tree disputes. This represents an average of 17.2 per cent of the total workload. The highest percentage of tree disputes (19.2 per cent) occurred in 2012, with 2014 recording the lowest figure

(15.7 per cent). It is clear that disputes about trees are a consistently significant proportion of the DSCV’s work.[19]

1.29 Given the volume and frequency of neighbourhood tree disputes, the Commission has determined that a review of the current law governing the resolution of these disputes

is timely.

  1. Information provided by the DSCV via email as part of a data request from the Commission, August 2017.