Posted: 10/11/2013 at 08:48
There are some stems clearly on their side, I can see them through a gap in the wooden fence. I have had the ivy cut about twice a year as part of normal gardening maintenance (trimmed and cut at the base, it has also spread into the ground, which is no good either), but I have never seen it so out of control. The person who has come round to have a look at it said that because the summer has been particularly warm, the ivy has grown more, plus there may be something to do with the light as to why it leans towards my neighbour's wall. I think that if someone had to climb on a ladder and painstakingly remove it from the wall as it is, it would not work , but the suggestion made by Fidgetbones, to cut it at the base and let it dry and then pull it seems really sensible and it's something that they can do themselve. I will ask the gardener if they can access their garden and he can explain this to them, and cut it at the base in their garden too, if needed. This would also be a lot less expensive.
Grimble2: the issue with my neighbours is that they do not seek to take responsibility for anything. I agree people need to talk, but they also need to take responsibility for themselves!