Bamboo

Bamboo

Postby conserve » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:19 am

Our neighbour has planted a bamboo alongside his fence It has grown to 8 feet tall and is now
blowing over the fence into the faces of my wife and myself when we walk along a narrow pathway at the bottom of our garden
to exit the rear of our property.(fence is 5ft )
Our neighbour is unapproachable No answer to letters and can be aggressive.
What can be done.
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Re: Bamboo

Postby despair » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:44 pm

If the fence is yours i can but suggest you add 18 inches or maybe 2 ft of trellis to it using battens

if its his fence then you could add trellis but on your own posts ......2 by 2 tanalised posts should suffice and they can be tight to the existing fence although staggering them between existing posts will be easiest option

you could insert tall poles into the ground tight to the fence and attach bamboo screening to 6ft6in high
or even run lots of wires across

other than trellis or screening theres little you can do
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Re: Bamboo

Postby juliet » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:02 pm

It isn't that I am being unsympathetic or anything but I can't help but wonder whether your neighbour got advice on here :) It is a common recommendation to provide privacy. Regulars will maybe know what I mean!
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Re: Bamboo

Postby despair » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:14 am

Problem is Privacy has become so ridiculously important to some people these days and a 5ft fence is not seen as adequate

add on neighbours refuse to discuss anything and find an amicable solution and you have problems

equally often postings on here only give part of the picture and thus advice given may as you say cause a furthur problem to emerge
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Re: Bamboo

Postby Alan Harris » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:28 am

Dear Conserve

If the bamboo blows over the boundary you can cut the part on your side. If the bamboo is simply annoying because of it's height there is little that you can do about it. It seems a little pointless just building height on the fence to conceal it.

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Re: Bamboo

Postby Mojisola » Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:17 pm

Alan Harris wrote: If the bamboo blows over the boundary you can cut the part on your side. If the bamboo is simply annoying because of it's height there is little that you can do about it. It seems a little pointless just building height on the fence to conceal it.


But the extra height on the fence will stop the bamboo blowing into people's faces as they walk up the path, unless they're very tall!
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Re: Bamboo

Postby jon0911 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:49 pm

Could this be tackled under High Hedges law ... part of Anti-Social Behaviour Act, 2003 ... can be used if they allow evergreen hedge on boundary to grow more than 2m.

a hedge is defined as 2 or more evergreens....trees or shrubs

I think bamboo is classified as a shrub?
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Re: Bamboo

Postby Treeman » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:09 pm

jon0911 wrote:Could this be tackled under High Hedges law ... part of Anti-Social Behaviour Act, 2003 ... can be used if they allow evergreen hedge on boundary to grow more than 2m.

a hedge is defined as 2 or more evergreens....trees or shrubs

I think bamboo is classified as a shrub?



You might want to check on that before you keep saying it
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Re: Bamboo

Postby jon0911 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:23 pm

as i understand it 2m is ONE of the factors ... i did not plan to list the whole lot ... but can be checked here:

at communities gov uk highhedgescomplaining.pdf

it says:
• Is it more than 2 metres tall

my main question here is ... is bamboo a shrub?!
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Re: Bamboo

Postby despair » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:18 pm

No Bamboo is a grass and is not covered under the High Hedge Law
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Re: Bamboo

Postby Treeman » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:22 pm

jon0911 wrote:as i understand it 2m is ONE of the factors ... i did not plan to list the whole lot ... but can be checked here:

at communities gov uk highhedgescomplaining.pdf

it says:
• Is it more than 2 metres tall

my main question here is ... is bamboo a shrub?!


2m is the minimum a hedge can be reduced to, other than that is has nothing to do with the process of getting an action hedge height
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Re: Bamboo

Postby jon0911 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:48 pm

i am surprised such a regular poster can make such a 'factual' statement that is 100% wrong.

Kindly re-read the LAW and CLG guidance that make clear a hedge must be 2m+ high before you can start any complaint

If a High Hedge complaint is enforced the the council will determine the height it must be reduced to

However... with regard to this thread... i confirm bamboo is a grass ... and not covered by High Hedges law anyway
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Re: Bamboo

Postby Treeman » Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:52 pm

2m is the start point because you can have a fence that high, there is no point complaining about a 2m hedge.
I have dealt with a great many HH complaints and the majority in the 2-3m range ended with an action height greater than the actual


But all that is irrelevant because you cant use the HH legislation can you.

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Re: Bamboo

Postby Alan Harris » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:52 am

Unfortunately the enforcement of legislation by Local Authorities (LA's) is still very much hit and miss. The Building Inspectors can often enforce the Building regulations but,if they do not as a consequence of omission, incompetence or or intent, they have no liability for the consequences. In my experience you cannot make the LA implement its own or statutory requirements in many cases. Dare I say it, political pressures can influence the decisions of public officials especially where the rules are complex and can be subject to "professional" opinion or are simply easily obfuscated by technical phraseology.

The green lobby has huge influence and some tree departments still defend trees and large plants as a matter of course without consideration of how they influence those in close proximity to them. So sometimes if someone in the department has a sympathetic view about a particular specimen then they have the power to delay action until you are more fed up than they are with doing anything. Local politicians can also have an influence and may assist you (or not) depending on personal contacts or preferences. So if at first the Tree officer is not minded to apply high hedges guidelines then it may be almost impossible to achieve the required objective.

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Re: Bamboo

Postby COGGY » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:51 pm

It would be helpful to know the distance from your house to the path you walk along.

I also think it would not be wise to cut off any part of the bamboo which is simply "blowing over" the fence in question. I believe it would need to be "growing over" your boundary before you are allowed to cut it.

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