Can we stop adjoining landowner fencing our garden?

Can we stop adjoining landowner fencing our garden?

Postby Leapingminnow » Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:17 pm

Our garden backs onto an unused, neglected bank which leads down to a copse and open fields. We've lived here since 2001 and were delighted to find that badgers visited the garden, as well as foxes, muntjac and lots of other wildlife. We've encouraged the badgers by putting peanuts out, so we get them every night without fail, even in the winter as the set is 50m away in the copse. We had no idea who owned the land and assumed it was owned by someone who has another piece of neglected land to the left of our row of houses.

The other day I saw two men on the path we have kept clear from our garden to the copse and went down to investigate. The land is apparently owned by the caravan park to the right of us and the owner wants to put a 'stock proof fence' round his land. This will mean right across the back of our garden, which, at present has a low post and rail with a gap in the middle - no one ever comes up the bank (apart from some kids who nicked a couple of rustic garden chairs to make a den in the copse one year - soon sorted). Wildlife comes in and out at will, a couple of days ago we looked out around midday and there was a muntjac having a drink from the tray we keep filled with water. It's only a small garden, half a tennis court size, but we've always tried to garden for wildlife and my husband has nurtured a patch of ground on the bank for butterflies, keeping it clear of brambles and encouraging pollinating and nectar plants.

If the landowner fences across the bottom of our garden it will have a very detrimental effect on the wildlife who use it. The badgers will simply dig underneath any fence because even if we stop putting out nuts for them, we shall still continue to have several bird feeders and greedy badgers will still come in to clear up any dropped seed or use the birds water tray. I can't explain how upset I am, this is a very small area but it has been such an important part of our lives since moving here.

Despite calling it a 'stock proof fence' no cattle, etc. will be put on the land.

Any advice would be very gratefully received!
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Re: Can we stop adjoining landowner fencing our garden?

Postby mr sheen » Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:09 pm

Key words in your story...
'The neighbour wants to put a stock proof fence round HIS land'

You can fence your land, he can fence his. If you want control of land beyond the boundary of what you own you have to buy it.
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Re: Can we stop adjoining landowner fencing our garden?

Postby MacadamB53 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:44 pm

Hi Leapingminnow,

it will have a very detrimental effect on the wildlife who use [my garden]

I'm going to be straight with you - no it won't.

the badgers et al will manage just fine without access to your garden...

Kind regards, Mac
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Re: Can we stop adjoining landowner fencing our garden?

Postby SwitchRich » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:57 am

Why not offer to buy the land in question? You mention it is not used? Now you know the owner you can approach and make an offer? If it's below £6000 you make the transaction happen without the use of lawyers on each side which can save you a ton of money!
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Re: Can we stop adjoining landowner fencing our garden?

Postby arborlad » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:25 am

Leapingminnow wrote:Our garden backs onto an unused, neglected bank which leads down to a copse and open fields. We've lived here since 2001 and were delighted to find that badgers visited the garden, as well as foxes, muntjac and lots of other wildlife. We've encouraged the badgers by putting peanuts out, so we get them every night without fail, even in the winter as the set is 50m away in the copse. We had no idea who owned the land and assumed it was owned by someone who has another piece of neglected land to the left of our row of houses.

The other day I saw two men on the path we have kept clear from our garden to the copse and went down to investigate. The land is apparently owned by the caravan park to the right of us and the owner wants to put a 'stock proof fence' round his land.




Have you approached the landowner about his plans?...........that sounds like a large acreage with an equally large amount of fencing, with your boundary minute in the overall scale. It may be that other neighbours, not just immediate ones, aren't as welcoming of wildlife and he has received complaints.
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Re: Can we stop adjoining landowner fencing our garden?

Postby Leapingminnow » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:52 am

Thanks, Arboriad, we're trying to purchase the land which amounts to a small triangular plot at the end of a much larger area. Didn't know about the £6000, though, SwitchRich, so thanks for that tip!

As for our neighbours, they have all started being much more interested in the wildlife around us but are happy for us to do the work and pay for the bird food.

Thanks to all for your comments.
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