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Overgrown hedges causing hazard for drivers, gardeners warned

PUBLISHED: 10:51 07 October 2019

Overgrown hedges and trees can be a danger to road users Picture: SUFFOLK HIGHWAYS

Overgrown hedges and trees can be a danger to road users Picture: SUFFOLK HIGHWAYS

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Gardeners have been warned to keep their hedges in check amid reports of shrubbery overgrowing onto roads and paths.

Suffolk Highways have warned homeowners that overgrown trees can be particualry dangerous at junctions Picture: SUFFOLK HIGHWAYSSuffolk Highways have warned homeowners that overgrown trees can be particualry dangerous at junctions Picture: SUFFOLK HIGHWAYS

Suffolk Highways has stressed that homeowners need to take responsibility for their gardens and ensure that hedges and trees are trimmed back, particularly at junctions where they may obstruct a driver's view of the road.

In a tweet which has received a mixed reaction from road users, Suffolk Highways said: "We often receive reports of privately-owned hedges overgrowing onto the highway.

"If a tree or hedge is within your property, you have a duty of care to ensure that these are cut back, particularly at junctions or accesses."

Responding to the tweet, Mark Parsons said: "About time - I drive a 7.5tonne truck and I'm constantly hitting hedges, trees and overhanging branches with my wing mirrors making my job more hazardous.
"I have to drive over white lines to avoid them, which in turn upsets oncoming traffic."

■ What do you think? Should homeowners in Suffolk take more responsibilty for their overgrown gardens? Vote in our poll and share your views on the East Anglian Daily Times Facebook page.

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Overgrown hedges can make it difficult for drivers to see Picture: SUFFOLK HIGHWAYSOvergrown hedges can make it difficult for drivers to see Picture: SUFFOLK HIGHWAYS

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