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My neighbor has erected a huge trampoline right at our fence and I'm looking for ideas as to plants to help screen it. It means that they can see right into our dining room and kitchen, the height is about 12ft I reckon. Not to mention total lack of privacy as we sit on our decking, we had the pleasure of even mum and dad and adult friends jumping on it yesterday!! I've looked online and black bamboo has been mentioned. Newbie gardener here so all suggestions/advice would be appreciated.


I really sympathise here tammy. I think you should need planning permission for those ruddy things  - you need it for treehouses after all.

Bamboo can be invasive - although if you could aim it so that it runs under the fence and into the trampoline it might be useful! 

'Normal' hedging might be a better bet. Something as ordinary as privet which will grow quite quickly but is easily controlled. It will get to a good height but you can keep it at a neat depth. Hornbeam and Beech will do the same job , and although not evergreen (or semi evergreen like privet ) the foliage remains through winter if kept at around 10 to 12 feet high. 

I expect you'll get a few more suggestions. If you can give any extra info - length you want to plant up for instance - that will help too. 

Lack of consideration by neighbours seems to be becoming a more common theme.  Unfortunately any plant based solution is going to take time to be effective.  Black bamboo would do the job over time, and has the potential benefit of still letting light through.  It will take a number of years to form a large clump unless you are prepared to go to the expense of buying several mature plants.  That could cost 2 or 3 hundred pounds.

Fencing isn't an option, given the height you need to get.

plant pauper

The parents will have the odd go for the first week and then again when they're drunk at the annual BBQ. The children don't care about you or your dining room so won't look and by next year they'll have grown out of it/ grown bored with it.

The sad story of all the trampolines in the country. Bamboo is a bit rash!! I think as FG says normal hedging and earplugs for this Summer till it grows. 


PP is right. They'll soon get fed up with it  or break something and eventually the children won't use it either.

Be patient


I agree with PP; the parents won't use it and the kids don't care about looking into your house.  They won't use it all the time.

Thanks everyone for your replies. I understand that children have to enjoy themselves and I'm not really disputing the noise issues, dog Barking alongside kids shouting etc (I can play radio or headphones if outside alone). She is a registered child minder so no doubt it'll will be used often!

I'm on decent terms with her which makes it even more annoying that she didn't mention it to us.

We're currently re modelling our garden, ie new fence on other side of the garden, new shed location, vegetables patch etc and have consulted both neighbours on each side of our plans out of neighbourly manners.

I wish I could upload pictures to show you what Im trying to explain. 

It's right outside my patio doors and decking area and it appears that the previous owners of my house must've had issues with them as our existing fence on this side appears to be over 2m and hastily erected with virtually no spacing between panels. So any plants/screen will need to reach at least 12ft and then I'm concerned that they could chop the tops off as it might actually touch their safety netting, it's that close, less than 1/2 ft away from fence.

I was thinking about asking them to either try moving it further back from the fence or to put up a trellis or green netting as to alleviate the overlooking aspect. 

If she refuses then it looks like bamboo in containers is the way to go although as someone mentioned can be costly. I don't really want traditional hedging at that position as it could block out light on our decking plus.

Thanks Pp for that link, very interesting as I've been trying to find any legal info.

Also I was under the impression huge tall hedges could be asked to be cut back re high hedge act.

plant pauper

She probably didn't mention it because it didn't occur to her that it would bother you. I don't mean that in a cheeky way, simply as a statement of fact. If she's a child minder then clearly squealy children don't annoy her. Me? I'd shoot em!!!!  but most folk really don't get that.


My neighbour has a very nice hawthorn hedge that is about the height you require. I'm not suggesting you should remove it at dead of night but you could consider growing a similar one.

I see both sides of this. A trampoline isn't a crime, it's just to allow some kids to have fun in an age when kids spend too much time indoors and can't be safely permitted to play in the streets or on common land as i did as a child. It's genuinely not that easy to spy when a) you are hurtling through the air giggling; b) looking into a darker room when you are outside in daylight. On the other hand I think your neighbour could take your feelings into account. Explain that you feel overlooked and ask if the trampoline can be relocated and explain that you will be putting up large screening plants if not, which would be a terrible shame as the leaves would drop in her trampoline and her garden would be shaded.

Or at a push...mention you like to sunbathe naked and it won't be appropriate for her kids to see that 😜

I can see both sides here really.  My neighbour obviously is worried I'm going to put up a trampoline because he told me some false anecdote about needing planning permission to put one up when I first moved in.

I won't be consulting him when I do put one up because I value my little girls' happiness more than his friendship so it's not up for negotiation.  It would just be telling him what I'll be doing and cause him a load of undue stress.  Hopefully when he sees that it's smaller than the shed I'm removing and putting it in place of, coupled with it only being used by little girls, not drunk adults or anything he might have worried about, he'll not think it's too bad.


Net curtains would sort part of the problem.  Could you negotiate to have certain times when they agree not to use it?

Like most kids toys it'll probably just be a novelty at first then will be used only occasionally.  I'll probably dosmantle it in winter too.  As he's a keen gardner the light benefits of the giant shed being removed will probably outweigh the cost of occasionally seeing a little girl enjoying herself.



By the time any plants grow enough to hide/screen it (5-10 years), the kids will have moved on to something else. Hopefully! 

I am dealing with this problem is my new house. I've just consulted our friendly local planning officer about how high a trellis I'm allowed and it will cost me £172 to put in for planning permission because the party fence is already 2m high. In the previous house I used a clumping bamboo planted into a hard barrier in the ground (old water butt cut down) which worked quickly and very well. 

in our first house it was two lovely little girls who would shout to me everytime I walked out in the garden. I got fed up with it really quickly and tried to avoid eye contact so the whole family stopped talking to us. The next family also put in a trampoline in the same place plus a tree house, but the bamboo and buddleia did the trick beautifully and friendly neighbour relations remained intact.

The neighbours at this house are a couple of older teenage boys 'with challenging behaviour' and their friendly army of carers. The trampoline went up right on the adjoining fence is 3 meters high. The boys stare straight into the house and shout hello at us with every bounce.  My garden and home are places I need to feel relaxed and secluded in. 


I've just installed a ground trampoline next to the hedge in our garden. I think it's a good solution, looks much better, and it may work out a lot more expensive but it's a really nice addition to the garden instead of a hulking great mass of poles and netting.

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