Man sick of neighbour’s overhanging bush cuts it down and lobs it back over fence – but was he actually in the right? | The Sun

KEEPING your garden neat and tidy can be a mission – but it's even more frustrating if you have to deal with your neighbour’s mess too.

A man has revealed how he was so fed up with his next door neighbour’s huge bush coming over into his side that he took matters into his own hands.

He decided to get a large strimmer and chop back the bush – and then threw it back over onto their side.

The upset man wrote: “Neighbours over the fence shouted ‘don’t touch our vines’.

“I thought ‘as if they’d know… it’s a jungle.”

He added in the caption: “OLD MANS BEARD, this was just too much coming over the fence from the neighbours. I cut it regardless.”

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The clip was shared on the TikTok account @justgardens and has racked up over 8,000 likes.

And many people seemed to be on his side.

One person commented: “Ur fully entitled 2 cut what’s on ur property as long as u gave them all u cut off, otherwise they can have u charged with theft.”

He added: “yes I put the cuttings back over the fence.”

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Another reassured him: “Absolutely the right thing!”

However, one person pointed out: “I mean if you've accidentally killed it due to shock from cutting in the wrong season they will know.”

You are allowed to trim back any branches or roots that cross into your property from a neighbour’s property or a public road.

But you can only trim up to what's yours.

If you go beyond your property boundary you might get in trouble with whoever owns the further space, and in the worst case scenario, you could be taken to court for damage caused.

Solicitors at Bonallack and Bishop explain: "There are no hard and fast rules with regards to boundary ownership, and the only way to find out who owns a boundary border is to check the deeds at the Land Registry.

"However, if one neighbour can prove that they’ve been the one to maintain the border over the years, without the consent of the legal owner, they may be able to prove ownership under the principle of adverse possession."

Before you even reach for the shears though, you'll have to check the hedge isn't protected by a tree preservation order either – and if that's the case you'll need the council's permission instead.

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If something needs to be done, this will be issued in the form of a Remedial Notice.

Councils have the power to fine householders up to £1,000 if they refuse to comply with orders to cut hedges back.

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