By Amie Gordon For Mailonline
Published: 13:15 BST, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 13:17 BST, 16 July 2019
JK Rowling has agreed to cut back the trees surrounding her mansion which are blocking out street lights.
Officials from the City of Edinburgh Council wrote to the Harry Potter author, asking her to have the Leylandii hedge trimmed as a 'matter of urgency'.
The 30ft trees help screen her 17th century Edinburgh mansion from onlookers and can grow to 50ft without regular trimming and maintenance.
However a letter sent to Ms Rowling by the council in April warned the trees were blocking light from lampposts.
The author bought the sprawling property - dubbed ‘Fortress Rowling’ by some because of its security fences and reinforced doors - for just over £2million in 2009.
The towering 30ft Leylandii trees around the Harry Potter author's historic Edinburgh mansion
The author was already planning to take action and tree surgeons submitted a planning application to the council on her behalf.
J K Rowling has agreed to the council's request and work will begin outside her home imminently
The programme of tree works suggested by them has now been given the green light by planning officials.
It states the hedge will be cut at the top and the sides by workmen using an 80ft cherry picker.
Parts of the hedge which border neighbouring properties will be cut down as well as those which are affecting the street lights.
In 2015 Ms Rowling reportedly faced a backlash from some neighbours who complained of 'traffic chaos' when she had the garden