Enjoyment of our back garden has been reduced in recent
years by some large trees in an adjacent property. They made the place dull and
blocked the sun in the evenings. The trees were severely pruned 12 years ago
but have grown rapidly since then. The owner agreed that they should be pruned
again but claimed she couldn't afford it. So we arranged for the work to be
done. My good lady used her diplomatic skills to get contributions from other
neighbours who would benefit and on the day the tree owner was also shamed into
coughing up. It was quite a large job - three men took all day to do the work.
The branches were chipped and a local farmer came to take away the bigger stuff
to burn in his boiler. So everybody ended up happy.
The trees in question are a species that cause a lot of
strife between neighbours in this country. They are Leyland Cypress better
known by their Latin name Leylandii. They are an evergreen coniferous tree
popular because of the speed that they grow - 3-5 feet per year. The trouble is
that they keep on growing to over 100 feet tall which is too big for most
The tree is a hybrid that was accidentally created in this
country in the mid 19th century from two conifers from the Pacific coast of
North America - the Monterey Cypress from the central coast of California and
the Nootka Cypress that ranges from northern California to Alaska. The trees
were planted and cross bred at the Leighton
Hall Estate in Wales.
The problems caused by Leylandii are such that they were
responsible for a new law - High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013. This sets out a
method of resolving disputes. But this can be slow & expensive and it's
better to do it, as we did, by agreement.
|Two weeks ago|
|This bough grew in 12 years|
|To commemorate the occasion|
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