hedge roots inside boundary

hedge roots inside boundary

Postby dannysian » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:30 pm

Question about cutting roots.

problem.. on the left side (looking towards the road)of my mothers bungalow there is a 10 metre hedge
which belongs to her neighbour
She wants to put a wooden fence along the length on her side.
but approximately 20% of the roots that grow into the hedge, actually start inside her garden
and grow through the chainlink fence that is there at the moment and into the hedge
which belongs to her neighbour.
To facilitate the erection of a new fence this would entail cutting all these roots at source
which may very well create holes in the hedge eventually.
is there any legal reason why she may not be able to do this?

any information wold be appreciated
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Re: hedge roots inside boundary

Postby despair » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:51 pm

Legally your Mother can cut back to the boundary every leaf/twig/branch and root

She should OFFER back the arisings to the neighbour who may decline them leaving your Mother to dispose of them

You have not said what variety of plants the hedge is composed of

If the hedge is conifers of some description then by erecting a fence this will exclude light to the conifers and the foliage tends to brown/naturally die from ground upwards but thats not your Mothers problem

If its in back garden the fence can be 6ft6in high maximum

If its in the front then it may depend on the planners or covenants but generally fences between houses can be 6ft6in high but must taper off down to 1 metre near the pavement or roadway
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Re: hedge roots inside boundary

Postby dannysian » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:07 pm

The hedge is similar to a privet type.
and is at the front of the Bungalow
the fence will be 3 feet in height.
the hedge is approximately 5 feet high
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Re: hedge roots inside boundary

Postby despair » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:11 pm

well chopping back the roots etc sure wont kill privet as Arborlad will also tell you

I suggest your Mother installs a 5ft fence or even a 6ft one and thus removes the need for cutting back the privet
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Re: hedge roots inside boundary

Postby dannysian » Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:07 am

the problem is that the roots actually start/grow in my mothers garden
by approx 12/18 inches, inside her boundary!

Then travel through a chain link fence into her neighbours hedge.

The only way for a fence to be erected will be to cut and remove these roots.

This will have obvious an effect on the hedge in the near future.
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Re: hedge roots inside boundary

Postby despair » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:13 am

there must be roots on the neighbours side too

whose actual hedge is it ? and how long has it been there ?

Arborlad is the authority on Privet and fencing he knows better than the rest of us
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Re: hedge roots inside boundary

Postby dannysian » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:10 pm

The majority of the hedge is on the neighbours side, and so are the main roots
also I do not know excatly what the hedge is, we believe it was started from various cuttings originally
there are a small percentage of the roots on my mothers side
which I think will leave some gaps eventually.
We have talked to her neighbour who obviously is not too happy, but has agreed reluctantly!!!
I have offered to clear any cuttings, so we have a form of compromise!

I am just trying to clarify a few things first to avoid animosity in the future.
(hopefully)

Thanks for all your help much appreciated
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Re: hedge roots inside boundary

Postby despair » Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:00 pm

Why is the neighbour not happy your mother has a right not to have the problem of cutting back privet

i doubt the few roots on your mothers side will cause any harm to the hedge
privet fills in and grows quickly ............all it needs is some feeding with good compost
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Re: hedge roots inside boundary

Postby Mojisola » Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:03 pm

I think you're worrying too much. You are allowed to cut back to the boundary.

Privet is usually tough as old boots and, if there is any damage in the future, she couldn't prove that it was caused by the work on the fence. If any replacements are needed, they aren't going to cost a lot.
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