Council demands JK Rowling cut back 30ft Leylandii trees around Edinburgh ...

JK Rowling agrees to council's demand to cut back the 30ft Leylandii trees around her historic Edinburgh mansion because they are blocking street lights Edinburgh Council asked J K Rowling to cut back trees 'as a matter of urgency'  The 30ft Leylandii trees help screen her 17th century mansion from onlookers  But the hedge towers over the pavement, blocking the light from lampposts 

By Amie Gordon For Mailonline

Published: 13:15 BST, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 13:17 BST, 16 July 2019

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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 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 towering 30ft Leylandii trees around the 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

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

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