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  1. Seems a pretty good match. So if it's Brazilian Peppertree best prevent it spreading seeds or the neighbours will not be happy. Dammit now I've got to go off and see if it needs a pollinating partner.
  2. I had coincidentally just homed in on Brazilian Peppertree.
  3. To be honest I don't know. Florida is in hardiness zones 9 and 10 whereas most of UK is 8, so it's possible your plants are somethings that nobody here has ever seen growing outdoors in the UK. Especially if they're native to US. Hopefully someone else will be able to ID them.
  4. Yes purtugese laurel always alternate, always serrated margin and always long petioles. Definitely neither are PL.
  5. I'm pretty sure neither of these are portugese laurel. Don't know yet what they are.
  6. I had this very issue a few years ago. Planning enforcement officer turned up with cliched clipboard. We were getting the rear of the house roof reslated, the roofer had left spare scaffolding on the front lawn, this was obvoiusly too much for a local curtain twitcher who had seen my 2.5 tonner on the drive most evenings and had heard the occasional chainsaw round the back, put 2 and 2 together and got about 5 million. I brought the planner in to the house, offered him a cuppa, showed him the wood burning stove, explained it ate about 5 tonnes a year, took him out the back and showed him the woodstore and the chopping block, showed him the 12 x 8 store where I kept my gear. Explained the only cutting on site was done for personal use. I'd swear he ticked a box on the clipboard, but we agreed (well, he didn't disagree) that it was some complainant nearby with f&*% all else to do with their time but make spurious complaints, he never came back, I never heard anything more. I'd say that because he got the honest approach and guided tour he was on my side in the end.
  7. Councils may be trying to shun maintenance responsibilities, the standard request to a Council round here to cut anything is basically 'you can cut it as long as it doesn't cost us anything'. In your situation you could ask Highways if it's their trees. If they say no, it doens't prove anything but it is a get-out-of-jail-free card for you. If it says the trees are its, that could be difficult to challenge. I wonder if a contractor could get done for breach of Forestry Act instead of the customer? Same scenario as TPOs and CAs, isn't it? Tree contractors are specialists, they should know to check on behalf of customer. If you think it's difficult, count your blessings you are not up here where we have a whole new Act and significant changes to the 'license' laws. There seems to be Scottish Forestry people out scouring the country for offenders, like so many ring wraiths. Or some curtain twitcher calls them and they're tapping you on the shoulder before you've got the choke off.
  8. Perhaps you are trying to establish a rule from an example, but from all I know it doesn't work that way. The vesting arises from that whihc is maintained as public. Verges may be important to Highways if they contain services, comprise visibility splays, have lighting columns, lots of different reasons. The legal rule is clear, but its application extent will always depend on circumstances. I'm in Scotland and officially we have Roads, not Highways. We too have the same rule but this has shown to be a little vague in its application and I recall it has gone to court a few times. It always helps to have an obvious delineation like a fence or a line or a wall or a hedge or a ditch, but there isn't always one. In the OP's case it looked like shrubs with several distinct trees. I found I couldn't conclude anything from it.
  9. Looks a lot like Inonotus dryadaeus (or is it Pseudoinonotus?)
  10. The exemptions are clear in the legislation. 'To prevent danger'. The streetview pics suggest the trees were not dead, but that wold have been a valid reason not because a 'dead' exemption exists (it doesn't) but because a dead tree is not a tree. Diseased is only an issue if it is creating danger that needs to be prevented or, in the case of Dutch Elm Disease, if more than half the crown is dead.
  11. It's not that simple. Verges and tree on them usually vest in the Highways Authority, regardless of who owns or owned the land beneath. This does not need to be shown on title deeds as it is a blanket statutory vesting. Mynor's book devotes 11 pages to this one issue. Maybe that gives an idea of the challenging nature of the issue? The bit you cite from Highways appears to be a particular situation of boundary trees, not verge trees.
  12. I'm not out to persuade, without the facts all us humble onlookers can do is use it as an opportunity ot refine understandings of the rules and regulations. Maybe the trees were in a garden when they were chopped, although the evidence doesn't support it. The wall does look new, or at least recently cleaned. What we can definitely agree on is that Councils just make stuff up, and aren't good at it either.


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