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I'd be grateful for some advice: I recently bought a lovely town centre bungalow which I am modernising and extending. It has a south west facing garden which gets no sun because of the trees in a neighbouring garden. There are eight copper beech trees and two Monterey Cyprus within three / four feet of the boundary wall which itself is three / four feet from the side wall of my house.

 

The Monterey Cyprus is one of three which were planted so close together that they've grown through each other and have reached approximately 70 feet tall and the beeches are approximately 30 feet tall. The trunks of the beech trees are between 30 and 50 cms round.

 

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I am wondering how likely it is that the roots may cause damage to my property. the proximity of the beeches to the existing property in particular is concerning, but equally, with a crown which is eight metres wide, the root ball of the Cyprus must be significant.

 

I hope someone can advise. I know that the only certain way to prevent root damage is to fell the trees. The overall plot on which my property sits is only 12 metres wide by 20 metres deep (and my neighbour's plot is smaller ... the trees are within nine feet of her own property) so I wonder what are good replacement trees to consider. I was thinking fruit trees if well maintained and acers. The land is coastal (north west) so the soil is most likely sandy with a little clay.    

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We'll see, when I'm on your driveway drawing off your electric come February...

Your welcome anytime ya know that! I’ll put 50p in the hamster for ya
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He claims his garden faces south west, so could be pacific south west, ie Southern California, in which case federal, or more accurately, Californian tree laws apply, which are very strictly enforced ,particularly where Monterey Cypress are involved.

 

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I'm not going to spend time answering his question unless he aswers mine, otherwise I will be (re)writing a book on generalities relating to trees near buildings. Again.

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Makes you wonder what part of story is missing here , I will go for the 'lack of sun ' motive , contacted the other property owner ? Possibly not . K

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The trees haven't suddenly appeared and were there when the property was viewed, surveyed and purchased. Now it is up to the surrounding owners to do something about it as they now have a new neighbour that doesn't like it.

The question is...why did the fella purchase the property with the trees that close if he didn't care for them being there and why didn't he clear their position and owners views before the purchase? 

It is a bit like the type that move next to a church and then campaign for the bells not to be rung on a Sunday and the clock to be silenced or moving next to a steel works and getting it closed down because of the noise!!

The suggestion is to do due diligence a bit better in the future!

And...YES, I have had similar with a neighbour in the past hence the comment!!

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Had one recently, clients neighbour wanted the trees removing as he got no sun… whilst we stood in full sun as the sun moved across the opposite side of the garden, wasn’t best pleased when i pointed that out!
So you bought a house and now want the neighbours to remove their trees and replant something you want there?
Good luck with that. Your house purchasing survey would have listed any issues potentially arising from the trees no?
maybe buy a house without trees next to it that you don’t like next time?

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Why did you buy bungalow ?

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9 hours ago, spudulike said:

The trees haven't suddenly appeared and were there when the property was viewed, surveyed and purchased. Now it is up to the surrounding owners to do something about it as they now have a new neighbour that doesn't like it.

The question is...why did the fella purchase the property with the trees that close if he didn't care for them being there and why didn't he clear their position and owners views before the purchase? 

It is a bit like the type that move next to a church and then campaign for the bells not to be rung on a Sunday and the clock to be silenced or moving next to a steel works and getting it closed down because of the noise!!

The suggestion is to do due diligence a bit better in the future!

And...YES, I have had similar with a neighbour in the past hence the comment!!

This!
Plus there’s no way they are 70ft high from that picture - 40ft I’d believe

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4 hours ago, Stubby said:

Why did you buy bungalow ?

Vertigo, didnt want to mention it 😕 K

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