Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:42
Pok3..........withut wishing to be contentious, I'd suggest the first thing you should do is to clarify with your neighbour exactly what he is allowed to do to your hedge and what he isn't allowed to do.
If the hedge is overhanging his garden, then he is allowed to trim back to the boundary. He should not be doing anything further without your permission. The height of the hedge is not necessarily his business to decide either - in the ideal situation, you and your neighbour would come to an agreement on an acceptable height which suits you both. To start hacking your hedge about whilst you are not there/without your permission is far exceeding his rights.
Is there a particular reason why it is your neighbour who does the cutting back/down ? If you are unable for some reason to do the work yourself, you would need to lay down some parameters within which your neighbour could undertake the work.
Some of the leaves look a little bit like Laurel but I certainly wouldn't like to say for sure. It looks as if you have quite a lot of weak branches in there - thinning them out should promote bushier growth but could be a bit of a long job