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Cutting down a tree

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Does anyone know what the process is for cutting down a large tree in Basel Stadt area?

The tree in question is extremely tall and is now starting to touch my house plus the roots are starting to push up the paving near the house.

Do I require approval first or do I simply find a tree surgeon in the local phone book?

Also a recommendation of a tree surgeon would be much appreciated.
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Re: Cutting down a tree

I used this company recently. We are 40 minutes from Basel so you would need to ask if they would travel to Basel.

www.hperne.ch

They only communicate in German.

In the past I used a company that did not have the equipment to deal with the entire trunk on site and worked out more costly.

One point to mention is the access for their vehicle. As you can see in the attached photo. If the tree is nearer where they can park, this will help a great deal.
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Re: Cutting down a tree

is it your tree?
is it protected?
do you own your property?
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is it your tree?
is it protected?
do you own your property?
Just 3 of the questions you should ask at the Bauamt
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Just 3 of the questions you should ask at the Bauamt
aww come on, I wanted to drip-feed it a little
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aww come on, I wanted to drip-feed it a little
You mean a bit like a Disco and its ability to hold oil

I hear there are 2 types of Discovery - those that leak oil - and those that don't yet leak oil.
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Re: Cutting down a tree

Here you can find all the needed information (in german):
http://www.stadtgaertnerei.bs.ch/bae...baumschutz.htm
on the right side you'll find the contact information and the needed forms.

On the GeoViewer you can see the zones with special protection:
http://www.stadtplan.bs.ch/geoviewer/index.php?theme=20
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is it your tree?
is it protected?
do you own your property?
The tree is on my land/in-my-garden
Protected ? - how would I find this out?
Yes I own the property and land
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Old 29.01.2014, 17:09
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Re: Cutting down a tree

How close to the neighbor is it? Will they be mad if they don't get shade anymore? Sounds silly but it would not surprise me if you need their permission too.
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Old 29.01.2014, 17:11
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Re: Cutting down a tree

chop first, ask questions later!
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Hi

Does anyone know what the process is for cutting down a large tree in Basel Stadt area?

The tree in question is extremely tall and is now starting to touch my house plus the roots are starting to push up the paving near the house.

Do I require approval first or do I simply find a tree surgeon in the local phone book?

Also a recommendation of a tree surgeon would be much appreciated.
most important is to record it on video.


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Re: Cutting down a tree

How tall is the tree exactly?
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How close to the neighbor is it? Will they be mad if they don't get shade anymore? Sounds silly but it would not surprise me if you need their permission too.
Let me understand ... even though the tree is causing issues on my path, I may not be able to chop it down due to my sun intolerant neighbour? ... no wait ... stupid question ... this is Switzerland!
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Old 29.01.2014, 21:26
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Re: Cutting down a tree

You are allowed to cut down 1/3 of the tree, there is no specification of which third meaning you may cut down the bottom 1/3 and if the other 2/3rds accidentally follow you tell people you only trimmed 1/3 of the tree
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Let me understand ... even though the tree is causing issues on my path, I may not be able to chop it down due to my sun intolerant neighbour? ... no wait ... stupid question ... this is Switzerland!

We had the opposite problem. A 30 year old tree which the neighbour complained blocked her sun. We tried to find a way to keep it but the tree was too close to the lot line, which is near the hedge. So we cut it down. I felt awful, particularly after the gardener told me he had not see a tree like that in years. Cutting it back wasn't a solution.

I noticed all summer that the neighbours could not sit in their wintergarden as it was too hot since the tree that provided shade was gone. So the neighbours built themselves a small patio at the side of the house, along our driveway. Must be lovely sitting next to exhaust fumes.

The distance from the lot line and the maximum height of the trees is stipulated in the rules for each commune.
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We had the opposite problem. A 30 year old tree which the neighbour complained blocked her sun. We tried to find a way to keep it but the tree was too close to the lot line, which is near the hedge. So we cut it down. I felt awful, particularly after the gardener told me he had not see a tree like that in years. Cutting it back wasn't a solution.

I noticed all summer that the neighbours could not sit in their wintergarden as it was too hot since the tree that provided shade was gone. So the neighbours built themselves a small patio at the side of the house, along our driveway. Must be lovely sitting next to exhaust fumes.
Sometimes I think there are so many rules and etiquette conventions here in Switzerland that citizens don't have the opportunity to make very many decisions, in contrast to, say, the USA. This line of thinking has provided some insight into a seemingly disproportionate number suboptimal decisions I have witnessed.
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Re: Cutting down a tree

Sorry to resuscitate such an aged thread, but.....

There are two immature oak trees on the side of the road, public property, not in anyones garden....they border a field. They also now block our view of the lake, as they have sprouted a lot in the last few years......whats the deal there? Can i just go all mad max on them? I guess not, but any suggestions as how to gracefully broach the topic with the wise commune elders?
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Humorously, if you want to go "mad max", one of these just might be the ticket:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5its...GWKI-825bZMr3Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SV9LG-NOS0
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Re: Cutting down a tree

Were the tree's there when you moved in.. could you see the lake before? if yes then maybe..
We had to take down a large pine tree that the neighbor said blocked her view.. We luckily talked to the village and offered it to them as a Christmas tree if they could wait till that time, what luck they came got it and cleaned everything up. We miss it but why cause problems for our friendly neighbor, who's never talked to us.
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