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Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:41

Sorry Beckie - wasn't ignoring your suggestion - it wasn't there when I started typing & then got distracted  

Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:36

Hi GD - welcome to the forum

I'm sure some members might have some ideas about what sort of shrubs might grow directly on the boundary  - but I'm a bit stumped I'm afraid.

A relatively cheap but instant solution might be to sink some 8' fencing posts just your side of the boundary and use 6' x 6' high hazel panels as fencing (I think they're about £40 - £50 each). They look nice and rustic and have plenty of gaps for 'things' to twine through.

In front of them you could then plant some really tough native climbers such as ivy and honeysuckle (don't bother going for fancy ones which probably need more favourable conditions). With a little TLC (water and feed) they should soon romp away and cover the panels. 

You could then concentrate on improving the soil away from the border (& the leylandii) & plant some large tough shrubs which will eventually provide the sort of screening you really want. Eleagnus & hazel is one suggestion - I'm sure others will have more.

Mid to late Sept would be an excellent time for planting - giving you a few weeks to sort out fencing etc

Good luck.

Forum names

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 14:04

Now this is why I try not to look at he forum when I'm supposed to be working ....

Have had to divert to the RHS site to find out what a Liriodendron tree looks like - then had to have a look at something else on there - which led to something else - which.... so 30 mins later I can now say - lovely choice for a for a forum name Liri !!!! 

Forum names

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 21:24

Nice thread.

"Topbird" is what my OH calls me when I take him beer & crisps when he's busy on the computer, when I cook his favourite dinner, when I remember to tape the Grand Prix when he's at work & forgot to set it up or when I do one of the other thousand little things that we do for our partners 'cos they're special - aaah - sweet!!

I also know that being called Topbird means it's a good moment to mention that I've just had an expensive visit to the GC.....

Neighbour garden issues

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 08:16

Hi Ellie and welcome to the forum -  you'll receive a lot of much needed support from the friendly crowd here

I can see from your avatar that you really do have a pretty serious problem. I'm no expert but I think you really have to press on the environmental health side with the council. You have seen mice - the council will probably not be interested in mice outside but you need to emphasise that the mice have invaded next door's house & you are seriously concerned that they might make their way into yours. Dont want to worry you - but are you sure there is no rat problem as well - EH more likely to get involved with rats.

You said you have pictures - I would put them into a tidy file & see if you can't get an appointment to see someone in EH & show them how bad things are. 

I believe some councils have a small team specifically to deal with neighbour disputes - they might be able to help. Again a phone call to find out if you can make an appt to see one of them and show the pictures.

Citizens Advice might also be able to help.

You have tolerated this for 17 years. You are clearly a nice person who doesn't want to make trouble but things have reached a head. Keep calm, write out a reasoned account of what's happened over the years, back it up with your photos & start showing them to the people who can help you. There is no need to make any threats to anybody - just be quietly persistent & emphasise the EH side of things.

I think that if you can get someone from the council to come & take a look they might help with clearance. 

Throughout all this, try to stay on reasonable terms with your neighbours. There might be community based volunteer teams (or people on Community Service sentences) who can come in to help - but only if your neighbours will allow them access to the garden. Do you think they would allow the garden to be cleared if it involved no real input from them?

Good luck with this - keep posting to keep getting support. You've already taken the biggest step in deciding to do something. Just try to keep things calm and respectful for now - I used to work for the council - we hated shouters and screamers & went out of our way to help frightened, bullied, respectful people who had a real problem.

can you id this please

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 18:57

Great on pizza....

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 14:19

Time for a Bump 

Thx OL - I'm sure we'll enjoy ourselves.

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:22

Doh... Just read the title of the thread PROPERLY.

Sorry Snoodle - info is all there  - told you I was hot - brain is fried!

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:17

Looking forward to it Snoodle   (This is for Sunday 10th Aug isn't it?)

So hot today - why did I pick today to paint the shed? - another day of my life I won't get back & I'm absolutely melting!! Have to go & sit in the shade now with a beer....


Posted: 22/07/2014 at 16:18

They probably ate mine too....

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