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Neighbour's fruit hanging over my property

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MagpiePi · 22/09/2022 09:56

My neighbours have an apple tree which partially hangs over my property. They have said I can pick as many as I want, (there are loads!) and i have had a few so far but was waiting till they were ripe before I picked them.

The other day when I got home I noticed that all the fruit on my side had gone. Their side is still fully loaded. My son said he saw a woman picking them, not one of the neighbours that he recognised. She even said hello. I have a feeling it was probably a mother of one of the NDDs.

I know that the fruit is legally theirs, but I'm pretty sure they can't come onto my property without permission to pick them. Am I right?

We have a really good neighbourly relationship - feeding cats, watering plants when away etc, so I'm not going to even mention it, but I'm a bit torn between being, yeah, whatever, it's only some apples, and, CFs deliberately stripping the fruit on my side.

Just to add, they are the best eating apples I have had.

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surreygirl1987 · 25/09/2022 08:02

Ha, how do you know it was a randomer? Have you spoken to your neighbours?

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asblindasabat · 23/09/2022 16:15

I would ask your neighbour if they know who may have come onto your garden to pick the fruit.

If not, it’s not their fault, you may wish to consider getting the tree cut back.

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TooHot2022 · 23/09/2022 15:58

MagpiePi · 23/09/2022 15:53

Mystery solved!

It was a random CF off the street. I wish I had the brass neck!

How did you find out?!

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MagpiePi · 23/09/2022 15:53

Mystery solved!

It was a random CF off the street. I wish I had the brass neck!

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MrsMitford3 · 23/09/2022 14:07

MagpiePi · 23/09/2022 07:49

😁
I'll be installing cctv cameras at the very least!

Have you tried penguin bollards?

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MagpiePi · 23/09/2022 07:49

Somanysocks · 22/09/2022 13:18

This is absolutely disgusting Op and I think you should move, and call 101

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I'll be installing cctv cameras at the very least!

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suzanneinfo · 22/09/2022 20:08

Can you not just say to neighbour my DS ran into someone in our garden picking fruit off your tree. He didn't think to say anything as he thought I must have known. He said she was perfectly pleasant but a
bit strange- any ideas?

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MarianneVos · 22/09/2022 15:43

It must be the same person who took the blackberries from another poster's drive, on stage two of crumble ingredient gathering.

Any Mumsnetters with cows or wheat growing better watch out.

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TwoLeftSocksWithHoles · 22/09/2022 14:59

Well I have heard that low-hanging fruit tends to get picked first.

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Somanysocks · 22/09/2022 13:18

This is absolutely disgusting Op and I think you should move, and call 101

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MagpiePi · 22/09/2022 13:17

@ImAvingOops You seem determined to misinterpret my level of anger!
I am on good terms with the neighbours, they brought some apples round to me and said please help yourself, so there is nothing to suggest they are cross about the situation.

It is really obvious that my side has been stripped but their side is still loaded with fruit and I am mildly irritated and curious about what happened.

I am leaning more towards a random CF tbh. It must be really annoying those of you where people are blatantly stealing your produce.

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ImAvingOops · 22/09/2022 13:10

When the tree sheds its leaves, I bet the neighbours are happy to let you have those! It really is massively cheeky and rude to take the fruit from your side.

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Puppers · 22/09/2022 13:08

We have a few fruit trees visible from the street and you would be surprised how brazen people are, trespassing on your property to steal the harvest. It's quite incredible. We've had people come in pairs with ladders. Obviously if we're home we tell them to clear off but sometimes we just come home to the aftermath.

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ImAvingOops · 22/09/2022 13:08

The apples are growing in your airspace, so maybe you could claim them.

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ImAvingOops · 22/09/2022 13:07

As I understand it, you can cut anything that overhangs your side but have to offer them back the cuttings, They don't have to take them though. But I'd imaging they would want the apples. Not sure where you'd stand if the apples dropped into your garden though, so maybe next year you could 'encourage' that! It would be interesting to ask a solicitor and find out - there's a legal section on here that might be helpful.
They don't have any legal right to just come into your garden though and help themselves and I don't think they have a right to come in and collect the apples every year. Iirc people only have the right to rnter neighbours land for essential maintenance, which I don't think anyone could argue that collecting apples falls into that category.

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MagpiePi · 22/09/2022 13:05

I suppose I could always 'just move'. Bit disappointed that no one suggested it Grin

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MagpiePi · 22/09/2022 13:03

As a couple of PP have said, I'll just casually ask.

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MagpiePi · 22/09/2022 13:01

Floweryflora · 22/09/2022 12:20

How old is your kid? Why didn’t he ask her who she was. Just say hi and let it continue?

He's in his early 20s and just staying for a bit because of work. It's not in his nature to be confrontational and probably assumed it was legit.

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MagpiePi · 22/09/2022 13:00

ImAvingOops · 22/09/2022 12:25

So you're having a whinge but have no intention of doing anything about it! Fair enough but what was the purpose in posting?

Just wondered if anyone knew for certain what the law was because there is a lot of stuff about cutting back overhanging branches but I couldn't find anything specific about fruit.
Sorry for being mildly perturbed/amused rather than having a raging anger about it all!

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ImAvingOops · 22/09/2022 12:25

So you're having a whinge but have no intention of doing anything about it! Fair enough but what was the purpose in posting?

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MelbourneStateofMind · 22/09/2022 12:24

I would definitely want to get to the bottom of who it was in my property. I think you could easily ask in a casual way.

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Floweryflora · 22/09/2022 12:23

Why don’t you just ask them..say do you know who the woman picking the fruit was?

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Floweryflora · 22/09/2022 12:20

How old is your kid? Why didn’t he ask her who she was. Just say hi and let it continue?

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BaconMassive · 22/09/2022 12:19

I guess maybe they thought you didn't want them and that they would fall off and rot in your garden or whatever, attract wasps or something so they thought they were doing you a favour.

i.e. cleaning or preventing a mess that something on their land was causing.

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sueelleker · 22/09/2022 12:05

"Well it won't be nice for long if people keep nicking the plants" And I hope your DH encouraged them to leave by throwing them over the fence.

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