Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:32
Thank you all for taking the time to read and reply to my rant
Its fairly complicated.... Initially, there were just 2 very large trees "in the way". I'm no expert on conifers (not a fan at all) but they are, I think, spruce of some sort. Theyre definitely planted on the neighbours side of the boundary but the trunks are JUST on their side and the boundary is actually just a line of two wires. A huge mass of the branches are therefore on mums side (and cause their own issues such as making it impossible to grow anything underneath them). On mums side (planted many years before she moved in) are two other "proper" trees - which are kept in check and half the height of the neighbours (still probably 20 feet tall so ample for privacy!). Then, last year, he planted a row of others which look horribly like leylandii to me - filling in all the "gaps". These are now probably ten feet tall.
On your advice, I will approach the council and see if there's anything at all which can be done. We haven't taken this route before because we were always advised (by friends/family) that we wouldn't have a leg to stand on. After all, if there was anything that could be done, then the previous owners would've acted on it and may not have felt the need to lie about it or, who knows, maybe they wouldnt even have decided to move!!
I must confess that every time I hear about a conifer that has died a little bit of me wishes I had the "secret" to their demise! It is soooo tempting, when out with my chainsaw helping mum in the garden, to "accidentally" slip and - oops! Poor trees!
I do love trees - honest - I just hate these ones!