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Taking over a verge as part of own garden, does this happen a lot?

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HolidayCriminal Mon 17-Mar-14 20:17:32

I know 2 local households that have done this. And they get very shirty if anyone walks over their bit of adopted landscape. They don't actually fence the patch of earth off. It's right on the road/edged of pavement on routes we frequently travel and definitely not their own private property. One bit of adopted verge is across the road from the adopter's house, they just wanted a nicer view across the road from the end of their parking spot/garden.

Sometimes I forget to watch out & DC run over the bit of verge causing the adopters to instantly run out of home to tirade over DC's behaviour... but technically I think the self-appointed landscapers are committing a form of vandalism and really don't have a right to tirade (or do they?) I suppose it's a form of criminal damage if DC trample their plants, but feels so annoying when they have no rights to put the plants there in first place (do they? Does everyone? Could I plant Leylandii?)

withextradinosaurs Tue 18-Mar-14 22:46:08

I hate to see cars parked on communal grass areas. They're grass, not parking spaces.

BackforGood Tue 18-Mar-14 23:00:37

Where I grew up, everyone mowed the verge outside their house - just maintained the road looking nice I guess, never really thought about it, but I just assumed they were part of the house/front garden.
I've never owned a property with one, but like to hope if I did then I'd like to keep it nice too.
What we don't know is if your dc are trampling their flowers, or running on some grass, as to who is being unreasonable in this case. I can't see that running on grass is going to do it any harm, but it someone has put other things there, then your dc should learn that they are not there to be trodden on - just the same as when there are flowers in the park - they are there to admire and cheer everyone up, not to be run through.

AgaPanthers Tue 18-Mar-14 23:03:02

You shouldn't park on a verge, it's very antisocial.

I think it's nice to teach your children to step on plants, even if the plants aren't really supposed to be there.

Virtualhaggling Tue 18-Mar-14 23:12:24

If the verge is just grass I would allow dc to walk /play/run on it. If there were lots of lovely flowers I would certainly not willingly trample all over it.

Who cares who owns it fgs. Just respect your environment and be grateful that some people care enough to make it look nicer for all. hmm.

FrameyMcFrame Tue 18-Mar-14 23:14:17

Mum Mum does this, but it's the back lane and she doesn't mind if people walk on it...
She needs a bigger garden, just has a yard at the mo

ferrar Wed 19-Mar-14 07:03:39

But some people [who also dont own it] dont want it to look nicer. They want to use it.

Technical Wed 19-Mar-14 07:15:08

Does it matter who owns/planted the flowers? Children shouldn't be trampling them

I thought you weren't allowed to park on grass verges

ferrar Wed 19-Mar-14 07:42:07

But it wasnt theirs to take. They stole it.
It needs to be a group decision.

HolidayCriminal Wed 19-Mar-14 17:48:37

DC went over to smell the pretty flowers & stumbled onto a few.
(Sorry I have clumsy kids)
It wasn't willful damage.
Still pissed off the person who planted the items.
So now I have to tell DC to stay away from the pretty flowers.
that somebody had no right to plant there much less yell at me for letting my children get close to them

LifeHuh Wed 19-Mar-14 18:04:40

The people who have planted flowers have done what they wanted, and in the process cut down the areas where the children can wander- so how is that fair? And what looks nice is very much a matter of opinion.
Having said that I wouldn't let my DCs walk on plants-but I do get annoyed by people who decide what is nice and then modify public spaces accordingly , without finding out if everyone else agrees with them!

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