Boundary fence.

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Babs88
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Boundary fence.

Post by Babs88 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:22 pm

Help please! I have a NFH who has been a nuisance to me & to her neighbour on the other side for nearly 10 years. She has erected a fence on the front boundary between our properties. It's her fence, on her land, jutting right onto my garden. So far, not very nice but allowable.
My questions are: 1.Am I allowed to paint my side of her fence? 2.Am I allowed to grow something nice up the fence which isn't very attractive? 3.Am I allowed to lean something against my side of her fence, just temporarily? 4.And, if I do lean something against it (I did!), is she allowed to come into my garden & move it? Thanks to anyone who can throw light on this difficult situation.
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Post by despair » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:39 pm

However annoying your neighbour is she is 100% correct

You cannot paint or stain her fence or wall
You cannot attach anything whatever to it
You cannot lean or pile anything against it
You cannot grow ivy or other climbing plants up it

Install your own trellis or fence on its own posts slam up tight to it and you can do what you like to your property

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Re: Boundary fence.

Post by arborlad » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:50 pm

Babs88 wrote: It's her fence, on her land, jutting right onto my garden. .
I don't understand that bit.
arborlad

smile...it confuses people

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Post by kandy » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:01 pm

But she can't trespass without a valid reason. Abating an urgent nuisance is a valid reason. Something temporarily leaning against a fence is not.

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Post by Babs88 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:51 pm

Thanks everyone
Despair: thank you for confirming what I already suspected. She is correct but has a nasty way of showing it. She's entitled to give me an eyesore, but I'm not entitled to hide it! Unfortunately, I never wanted a fence between our properties, so I don't want to erect another one!
Kandy: many thanks - the board was of course only leaning there temporarily, as would have been clear to any reasonable person. As you say, it was trespass on her part!
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Post by despair » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:55 pm

I am so sorry if the fence your NFH has installed is an eyesore

There must be a sensible way of hiding it though without falling foul of any laws or your NFH

Even garden netting on canes from the £1 shop with climbers growing through it should hide the problem

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Post by Babs88 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:14 pm

Thanks for your suggestion, Despair!
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Post by despair » Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:06 pm

Stout poles with wires between at top and bottom might be better and then plant honesuckles, hybrid clematis ( Morrisons still have them at £1.79 each )summer and winter flowering jasmine


with lots of compost and water they will soon grow

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Post by Babs88 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:59 pm

Thanks once again, Despair.
Honeysuckle & jasmine were exactly what we already had in mind, but of course we were planning to train them up the fence - which you could discuss with a normal neighbour! Your suggestions are very helpful.
Kind regards
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Post by despair » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:09 pm

one word of caution honeysuckle can easily get out of hand and the nfh might startt attacking with shears

maybe a pretty variegated ivy would be an option

hybrid clematis woiuld give floral colour

what height is the neighbours fence

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Post by Babs88 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:00 pm

The neighbour's fence is more than 6ft high. (Is that legal?) The bottom of one panel is adjacent to what was my lawn (now taken up with a view to planting shrubs). The bottom of the other panel is adjacent to my drive, so no chance of growing anything there unless (original plan) we could have trained it against the fence. Shrubs in containers might be an option. As for honeysuckle, I think I could keep it in check so she doesn't need to attack it! (We aren't allowed to trim our hedge as much as we would like, in case her honeysuckle gets damaged - hee hee!)[/b][/u]
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Post by despair » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:00 pm

6ft6in is max height without planning permision

You could use trellis planters ( Planter boxes with trellis at the back_) ............see www.gardenselections.co.uk

they have a range otherwise Focus or B and Q might have some

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Post by Babs88 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:03 pm

You have so many useful suggestions! Many thanks.
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