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To think that removing all trees from the adjacent garden might have warranted advance notice?

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LongDeadMotherofHorrors Thu 13-Jun-13 12:53:24

8am this morning tree surgeons arrived and are eliminating (chipping) ALL mature trees next door. We shall have no privacy now. My car is parked right underneath a tree on our boundary - no-one has knocked to say that there might be disruption. Apparently these trees had no TPO on them. What to do?

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Fri 14-Jun-13 08:11:31

Thanks everyone flowers. BIG fan of bamboo already, so have plenty I could relocate!

Justfornowitwilldo Thu 13-Jun-13 16:24:31

You need QuoteUnquote's advice from this thread.

mirry2 Thu 13-Jun-13 15:13:47

I can understand why yo feel upset as the same thing happened to us. however we got used to it - couldn't really do anything about it

purplewithred Thu 13-Jun-13 15:08:11

I do feel your pain - my otherwise lovely elderly neighbour has just got a new 'gardener' whose speciality seems to be Taming Stuff. Yesterday he cut back a lovely berberis that grew over the fence and that the birds used to use as a staging post on their way to our bird feeders. Not only is the birdie shelter gone but he's cut it horizontal/square with the top of the fence and it looks ridiculous.

So he has slashed and burned every mature shrub next door back to a stump but in the meantime he ignores the rampant ground elder that crawls through the fence and that I spend half my life weeding out of my own flower beds. When I mentioned the ground elder to him he said 'well it does root very very deep, there's not a lot you can do about it (which is absolute crap)' and the neighbour nicely said that his gardner didn't have time to deal with it but I was welcome to come over and weed it out any time I liked.


tobiasfunke Thu 13-Jun-13 14:56:44

It's a bit of a shock for you but actually I might understand why they didn't tell the neighbours. We had a big old Elm in our front garden. The council came along and told us it had Dutch Elm disease and we had to get it cut down. So we told the neighbours the week before out of courtesy and we got lots of- you can't do that, that tree has been there since the houses were built blah, blah. Even after I explained that if we didn't we would get fined and the tree would be cut down anyway they weren't happy. I wish we'd just done it and not bothered. People get very attached to trees.

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Thu 13-Jun-13 14:42:59

Damnautocorrect - I quite agree. Terrible time of year to remove trees.

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Thu 13-Jun-13 14:42:00

PS Car fine. Some falling foliage might have been good as it might have cleaned it for me.

Damnautocorrect Thu 13-Jun-13 14:41:19

Poor birdies and creatures :0(

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Thu 13-Jun-13 14:40:36

Cravey - no mess. Very good contractors from that pov. Ironing pile now redeployed as alternative screening. grin
PropNight - Thanks.

FarBetterNow Thu 13-Jun-13 14:38:06

My neighbours cut their very high Leylandii down and all their other trees.
It is lovely now.
No privacy, but wonderful, wonderful light.
The penned in feeling has gone to.

Give it a few days of the sun shining and you may prefer it.

I suppose if they damage your car. they have to pay.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 13-Jun-13 14:31:37

If the link does not take you to the correct inage then the tree in wuestion is called Ligustrum Japonicum.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 13-Jun-13 14:28:30

This type of tree screening works even with no space. Not sure what the cost would be though.....

Cravey Thu 13-Jun-13 14:11:25

Oh no forget the ironing op life's too short to do that as well haha. I would maybe ask them if they are going to clean your car as they caused the mess.

Eyesunderarock Thu 13-Jun-13 14:10:29

Bamboo is good for screening, choose a non-invasive type.
Put down a barrier screen so that it doesn't root everywhere on your side and plant a double line of bamboo. It will grow quickly, depending on the variety it can get very tall indeed.

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Thu 13-Jun-13 14:07:13

ndn not nun!

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Thu 13-Jun-13 14:06:50

Eyes - know the nun well.
PropNight - great idea thanks. However no room our side.
Cravey - ironing pile too high to sit and stew. wink

rockybalboa Thu 13-Jun-13 13:56:55

Not your trees, not your problem. You can't rely on someone else's trees for privacy. Bit off not to knock and ask for the car to be moved though if it's now covered in bits of tree.

Cravey Thu 13-Jun-13 13:56:41

It would have been polite of them to warn you but at the end of the day the trees are on the property they own so not a lot you can do really. Apart from sit and stew but that would be a huge waste of time don't you think ?

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 13-Jun-13 13:55:16

I can understand exactly why you upset. Of course it is going to be upsetting to lose the privacy to your garden. Looking out pf your window and seeing an undesirable view is not ideal, especially if it was previously green and attractive. A private garden elevates house price so the neighbour's actions have blighted you. That said, with no TPO the remove if the trees is lawful. In your shoes I would plant trees or some screening and attempt to regain my privacy (particularly if a new house is to be but overlooking your garden).

Eyesunderarock Thu 13-Jun-13 13:54:46

Do you know your neighbours though?
Have you got any sort of relationship, how long have you been neighbours?

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Thu 13-Jun-13 13:53:06

No Vivacia. My neighbours have no obligation to provide me with privacy nor would I expect it. However I think it is unreasonable for people not to inform their neighbours before they do something that impacts on them.

Vivacia Thu 13-Jun-13 13:49:46

I don't get this. You think it's unreasonable for them to cut down their trees on their land because they should be providing privacy for you?

Scholes34 Thu 13-Jun-13 13:46:43

I'd love it if our neighbour cut down his trees. Unfortunately, they have TPOs on them. As do the mature trees in our garden - which our neighbour put on them before we moved in.

LongDeadMotherofHorrors Thu 13-Jun-13 13:29:32

skaen - that is very interesting and supports what I suspected. I have the impression that what we think is irrelevant to the owners of the plot (that section has been sold to a developer I think). I just feel a bit violated. The sudden removal of something has as much impact as the sudden placement of something.

I shall look on the bright side and enjoy the newly expanded view/wasteland while I do the ironing.

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 13-Jun-13 13:27:15

I have rubbish eyes and I can see light years away shock

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