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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:44 pm    Post subject: Cutting a neighbour's hedge Reply with quote

My husband was trimming the hedges either side of our house the other day. He's done this for the last few years and nothing has ever been said but this week the neighbour called the Gards as my husband had trimmed the top of the hedge which belongs to them. He didn't do it maliciously, he hasn't damaged the hedge and he won't do it again. The Gards only came because they had to and didn't do anything. However the neighbour now says she'll sue us. Does she have a case?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is she going to sue you for...The fact that he has being doing it for the last number of years without any comments from your neighbour makes me wonder what changed her opinion...the fact that the Gardai did nothing except maybe have a smile as they were leaving should answer your Question...don't lose any sleep over it she has no case against you...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lady is known to phone the Gardai a lot, we've just got away with it so far. It sounds like a crazy situation but the fact that it is her hedge and we were in the wrong for cutting the top I wondered if she had a case if she did sue. People have sued for crazier things
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is she new to that property and it was a previous neighbour that didn't mind? You didn't say. If the prunings are from her side of the boundary you must offer them back. If it was a fruit then you must give them back. Something along those lines anyway. Either way I wouldn't lose much sleep over that cantankerous ould ***.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, we've lived here 4 years and the neighbour was here before we came. We try really hard to get on with all our neighbours but sometimes you can't win
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

banecat wrote:
I wondered if she had a case if she did sue. People have sued for crazier things




No Judge would entertain her case...when your husband cuts it again {excluding the Top} collect all the cuttings from your side and give them back to her...she sounds like a bitter old woman and best left alone...unfortunately every Neighbourhood has one...Stop worrying you have absolutely nothing to fear...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies, it makes me feel better. Her daughter is screaming at one of the other neighbours at the minute so hopefully they've forgotten all about the hedge Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like Daughter like Mother...ya have to pity the Neighbours...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha! Apples don't usually fall too far from the tree.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long time ago Lord Macnaghten set the precedent you are allowed to cut any branches which overhang into your land back to the midpoint line of the boundary. You can also dig a trench along the boundary and cut all roots which intrude onto your property. You have no right to cut any part of the hedge on your neighbour's land and there is currently no legislation in Ireland to compel your neighbour to maintain their hedge unless it obstructs or endangers users of public roadways or utilities.

Legislation in relation to topping/cutting of trees on Private Property - http://www.deirdreforde.ie/posts/legislation-in-relation-to-toppingcutting-of-trees-on-private-property/

If your neighbour wants to grow Leylandii they can and there is nothing you can do about it in the republic of Ireland.

More info (could do with an update): http://www.gardenplansireland.com/articles/article21.html

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are entitled to light but not a view measured from your nearest window to the boundary at an angle of 45 degrees from the cill. Any fruit from a neighbours plant must be offered back to them. I stand to be corrected as I have checked nothing but that is as I remember it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once heard of a person dealing with an overhanging tree by discretly putting a clove of garlic under the bark of the offending tree. Apparently this was fatal to the tree but not as obvious as ring-barking it would have been.
I've no idea whether this is true.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhh you have your 'skite' GG!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another method to GG's is to drill a 10mm hole near the base of the biggest hedge member and fill it with salt - cheaper than garlic? You can always tell her it's a common problem with hedges that grow too high.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything further from "Them" next Door...
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