Trees and legal rights

Trees can interfere with television (TV) signal so you should consider how tall your tree will grow before you plant it. There is no right by law to TV signal or right to light on your property, however there are things you can try that might help.

Interrupted TV reception

Sometimes leaves or branches on trees interrupt reception. However, there is no legal right to reception and we cannot prune trees to deal with the issue. If you're going to do works to a tree to improve your reception you should agree this with the tree owner.

If your TV signal is interrupted by a tree:

  • you may have to install an aerial above the trees by mounting it on a pole
  • you may be able to overcome the issue by using a high gain aerial
  • try an alternative position such as on a different chimney stack
  • you may have to remove parts of the tree that obstruct the signal.

Right to light

A right to light only applies if the light has been uninterrupted for at least 20 years and is now significantly reducing the amount of light and disrupting the use of the property. This may include needing to use artificial lights in the daytime to be able to read.

You can get a right to light if:

  • the light was uninterrupted for 20 years
  • it interrupts your daily life, for example needing artificial light in the day to read
  • the light is significantly reduced.