Yes your right and we have discussed this: they definitley would have a change of opinion if our terraced garden had a land slide and ended up in their garden: we can imagine that the walls would very quickly be ours. We are now going to mention this: ever so gently...TO wrote:HiWait till it needs repairing, or fails. You'll very quickly find your neighbours all of a sudden have a change of view on who the retaining wall belongs to. Congratulations you now own the retaining wall.Janejane wrote:Hopefully the deeds may shed more light on it. If they don't is there anything else that we can do to find out who the wall belongs to?
It's your hedge, it's on your land , do as you will with it.
There's no two ways about it: the hedge is ours. But they have written to us and also said that they have sought legal advice and have been told that the hedge is theirs: I often wonder if they are omitting to tell their legal advisor that our garden is substantially higher than theirs & that the hedge grows in our garden. I also wonder if they have ever mentioned that the wall is a retaining wall.
it's really helped hearing everyones advice on this: we were going to accept what they have told us: more for a quiet life than anything. But this would be the wrong thing to do and could pave the way for all sorts of future problems. We are going to look into it further and stand our ground as far as the wall and hedge go.
They have also agreed to meet to discuss the other boundary issues and mutually agree on these: tthe other issue we have is that they have attempted establishing land by encroachment: we challenged this and I think this is why we are in this horrible position now: but hopefully we can resolve it all and move on.
It's all a terrible shame really and anyone reading this with any issues around gardens, boundaries, hedges etc: always try and talk things through: always let your neighbours know any plans that are going to impact on their homes and gardens. The moment you stop doing this or choose not to, you are in my view responsible for when things go wrong. And if you don't communicate your plans and intentions to your neighbours verbally or in writing: don't be surprised when someone politley challenges what you are doing.