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

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LongDeadMotherofHorrors · 13/06/2013 12:53

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?

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EuroShaggleton · 13/06/2013 12:55

Erm, enjoy the extra light? I'm not sure what you want to do?

I'd probably move the car asap.


WilsonFrickett · 13/06/2013 12:55

Well, nothing really. They are next-door's trees. Next-door are taking them down. Nowt to do with you. Although a knock to move your car would have been polite.


MrsHoarder · 13/06/2013 12:59

Ask for firewood? Plant your own trees?


tapdancingelephant · 13/06/2013 13:00

Do you live across the road from me? Tree elimination going on over there too. Tbh, I will enjoy the extra light into the upstairs rooms (although maybe not at 5am when the baby wakes!)

We cleared our garden last year (previous owners had left it in a state) which meant significant de-shrubbiing of shared boundary with neighbour. They commented on it a few days later and I got the impression they were a bit put out (means our front doors now have clear line of sight between them, how shocking Shock), but not sure what else we shoudl have done - our garden was a right state, and we wanted to clear it up Confused


plainjaney · 13/06/2013 13:01

Agree with the others I'm afraid. What they do in their garden with their trees is entirely their business. A knock about the car would have been polite but if the contractors felt they could do the job without causing issue to your vehicle they probably decided not to disturb you at 8am.


Eyesunderarock · 13/06/2013 13:02

I wonder what they are going to do with all the space?
Why not talk to your neighbors and find out?
Did they squash your car? That would be a bit disruptive.
Otherwise, they aren't your trees and thus you get no say.


MidniteScribbler · 13/06/2013 13:03

What to do?

Move the car.


Eyesunderarock · 13/06/2013 13:08



NicknameIncomplete · 13/06/2013 13:09

Could u send them round to me. Theres a tree in my neighbours garden that needs cutting down.

It blocks the sunHmm


cantspel · 13/06/2013 13:09

8am is the start of the working day and the trees are not yours to make a fuss about. if you want trees plant your own although once the job is done you might be surprised how much extra light you get and be glad to see the back of them.

If you want screening from next door then put up some trellis and grow some fast growing climbers.


LongDeadMotherofHorrors · 13/06/2013 13:13

Well there is an issue of courtesy. But that aside, there is an issue of privacy. There was no visibility into our garden before 8m this morning. Since every tree in the garden (including trees in excess of 30 feet) has been removed all around its boundary, there is now a clear line of sight from at least 500 years away down one entire boundary - it's rather akin to removing a boundary wall. Why are they doing it - to make room for a house for which they have not yet made a planning application.

tapdancingelephant - no babies opposite so I don't think we are neighbours!

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MidniteScribbler · 13/06/2013 13:14

So plant your own trees if you want privacy.


MrsHoarder · 13/06/2013 13:16

You are free to grow your own plants for your own privacy. I'm impressed that you can see half an millenia away though Wink


Eyesunderarock · 13/06/2013 13:16

You have the right to erect a 6' wall or fence around your property, to ensure your privacy.


Eyesunderarock · 13/06/2013 13:19

It's annoying and inconsiderate and perfectly legal, so you have to make your decisions based on that.


skaen · 13/06/2013 13:23

Unless they know that you liked hte trees for privacy etc then they might have thought they'd be helping you. I know our neighbours would be thrilled if we cut down the trees in our garden.

It will be easier for them to get planning permission for land without mature trees on whether or not there is a TPO and that would probably have outweighed any objections you made to cutting the trees down.


OhYouBadBadKitten · 13/06/2013 13:27

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


LongDeadMotherofHorrors · 13/06/2013 13:29

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.

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Scholes34 · 13/06/2013 13:46

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.


Vivacia · 13/06/2013 13:49

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?


LongDeadMotherofHorrors · 13/06/2013 13:53

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.

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Eyesunderarock · 13/06/2013 13:54

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


propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS · 13/06/2013 13:55

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).


Cravey · 13/06/2013 13:56

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 ?


rockybalboa · 13/06/2013 13:56

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.

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