Posted: 22/07/2012 at 09:23
i have neighbours on both sides who do not bother with their gardens or their boundaries.. one side who dont like spending money where they should.. decided they wanted a taller fence at the bottom of the garden.. so instead of taking out their small 4ft fence and replacing it with the 6ft one.. t hey left the 4ft one in and put the new one 1 ft isnide the boudnary line.. and then telling us we could have the other fence now!!! what a blooming cheek.. they also moan about our fence up the front with is concrete posts and trellis panels (full panels get blowndown every year with high winds.. know from experience and cost) so these work. they are 5ft high and the wind blows through them.. but no they dont like it and want us to change it.. i have said no.
Now the other side have a 7ft high fence that is only held up by my bay hedge.. they have huge bushes and trees that are unkept pushing it out onto our garden.. i have told them but the do nothing.. their leylandi are tall and take all out light from the house and have aksed for them to be cut down.. still no.. have aksed at council and they will go and check them for hieght and light reduction but will cost me £350 for the priviledge!! so i leave it.
So gardening grandma i can see where they coming from.. but to also be fair i feel that you are entitled to grow what you wish on your boundary walls and in your garden.. you are responsible for making sure they dont get out of hand and effect your neighbours.. but that still there is no law against what planting on your side you can have and not have..and the only rule on 6ft high is on solid fencing and not green (leylandi an exception thou) i think some of it may be jeaslousy as yours looks better than theirs.. you are doing nothing wrong by planting trees.. thou i maybe try to keep 5ft away form boundaries especially if near the houses as the roots can cause problems for foundations.. they say a trees roots go out 3 times further than the canopy.
to be honest i do not think you have to answer anything to them.. do you go on at them bout their gardens at all.. no.. you let be and just do yours.. you just plant your shrubs and have your garden how you like.. keep it cut back so it doesnt inproach on theirs and that is all you need to do.