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 ian
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I need to know the law regarding tree cutting.

Our neighboring land has several huge trees that are very close to our house. as we live in a rural (forested area) area and therefore at risk from forest fires, I wondered if they need to be cut (he has strimmed the land beneath them, but the trees remain)and who has responsibility for costs etc

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If the area underneath has been strimmed then they could well be Alfaroba (Carob) trees. The ground around gets cleared so they can pick up the alfarobas more easily.

These are protected trees and in theory they cannot be cut down.

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Hi there Ian.

Feel free to get in touch for some free advice on this subject.

take care

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If the area underneath has been strimmed then they could well be Alfaroba (Carob) trees. The ground around gets cleared so they can pick up the alfarobas more easily.

These are protected trees and in theory they cannot be cut down.

this is NOT correct ....any large tree in a fire risk area that is within the required fire break , can and must be cut down , REGARDLESS of the species. even if it a protected species.

the required fire break ( by Law Decreto-Lei No 15/2006 ) is a strimmed 50m radius around house, and trees are only to be 4m max in height. and must be 4m apart and 5m from edifice of building...
the road leading up to any property must also be strimmed to a distance of 10m. ( 5m each side ).

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Thank you Arborist for that useful information. What you have stated is the law, but in your experience, does a firebreak of 50m radius actally work (i.e. protect the house?) I have my own trees witihin that range, very old & large, which I REALLY don't want to cut down. If I totally cleared the land of grass, rather than just strim it, would that help, or do I really have to cut down the trees? Thank you.

P.S. the sick trees are getting worse, a recomendation of a tree doctor in my area would be very much appreciated.

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