Posted: 13/11/2015 at 00:55
Oh dear, Dovefromabove, it looks as if the ivy had not been touched for some time, though you say that this happened in a relatively short space of time.
I posted in error that my fence had been built from overlap panels. It was not panels but was constructed as a continuous overlapping fence. The issue we had was with the wooden posts at ground level. Even the original side and back gates remain in a fair condition.
It is a perimeter fence with a side road running alongside it so there is no encroaching on the neighbour's land. Inside the fence I maintain a border which if it were not for the ivy would have been planted with shrubs. This allows for any 'creep' and regularly trimmed, the ivy is prevented from encroaching into the lawn.
Managed to resize the photo to show part of the ivy hedge internally.