Local authorities and the Secretary of State1 are invested with statutory powers to order the lopping or pruning of trees or hedges overhanging a highway or any other road or footpath to which the public has access so as to endanger or obstruct the passage of vehicles or pedestrians2. Local authorities and the Secretary of State are also empowered to order the felling of trees or hedges which are dead, diseased, damaged or insecurely rooted and therefore likely to cause danger by falling onto a highway or other road or
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