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  1. The British Standard for planning surveys says you have to tag the trees.
  2. So after practicing in the mirror, the next day the young man gets up courage and during dinner he stands up, taps his tin mug to get everyone's attention and confidently says 'Twenty three'. To his amazement the place erupts in laughter. He asks the old lag what that was all about, who wipes a tears of laughter from his eyes and says 'We hadn't heard that one before".
  3. R. ulmarius is not actively pathogenic and tends to colonise exposed heartwood in wounded mature or maturing trees, so the chances of it affecting a young replacement are as good as zero. Also I have never seen or heard of it on hornbeam or birch. I'd say crack on with a replacement, just don't use horse chestnut, elm, maple (inc sycamore) or poplar.
  4. Ah but what I don't know about tertiary igneous petrology is not worth knowing. Then for the final I have the music of Boney M.😀
  5. Ye shte person who advised you knows just enough to make it sound like he knows what he's talking about but not enough to actually know. It is now widely held, and for good reason, that staged reduction to avoid heave will not reduce the efffects of heave. If anything, doing it in one go and then immediately planting replacements (but in a more sustainable psition) will do more to reduce heave than a staged removal. And then there's the bloody obvious. Are you even in an area of shrinkable clay AND are your foundations designed or built to below the modern NHBC standard. Unless the answer to both of these is YES, then heave is not an issue.
  6. Rack your brain no more. It is taxonomically impossible for a conifer to be an angiosperm and vice versa. Yew is not an angiosperm. The seed is naked (gymnosperm) but is surrounded on most sides by a fleshy aril which, like the fruit of angiospecms, has presumably ervolved to make it attractive to feeding animals that will help spread the seeds. but that's co-evolution, not taxonomic proximity.
  7. Weep holes will still allow that water on the inside of the outer leaf to drain but also aid ventilation. Maybe it's just me, but htat's what I'll be doing for peace of mind. Also I leave out every third brick until the end to allow a regular clear-out. OTT I know, but... There are so many well thought-out products in the construction indistry that just don't work because of lazy or ignorant workies or corners being cut to save money.
  8. I've only seen this in Scotland on Spruce so far. But once spotted it'sa hard not to see the next time. Wouldn't it have to be quite severe to girdle a tree? The ones I saw were from a new infection so I haven't seen the radial extent of tunneling under the bark. The exit holes are farily distinctive and the bleeding is a curious purple/lilac colour, almost invariably accompanied by resin runs.
  9. Gimlet seems to ahve covered it pretty well. I utterly hate seeing no weep holes above catnic lintels. I'd bet that in an attempt to point their way out of trouble a previous owner has filled in the weep holes or perpends that were left there to let moisture running down the inside face of the outer leaf of brickwork (which is normal) dry out. I'd drill and rake them out because it bugs me that much. We had this issue in my first house when I was young, I remember water running down the inside of the dining room wall because some bawbag builder had forgotten to put weepholes in and cavity wall insulation had made it much much worse.
  10. In Scotland that would be an actionable nuisance if it was done to spite a neighbour. No need to be vindictive about these things, or the law will no longer be on your side.
  11. The legislation says a hedge is a barrier to light that comprises mainly evergreen trees and shrubs. So, it can include other things that are not trees or shrubs and if these are contributing to it being a barrier to light they could be removed. I would include ivy and bamboo amongst these. The extreme example you are putting forward of a line of bamboo does not fall within the legislation and therefore cannot be the subject of a high hedge notice.
  12. No, it's a grass, not a tree or shrub. That said, a strict reading of the legislation suggests that a hedge mainly of evergreens could have bamboo within it and if the bamboo is contributing to it being a barrier to light then the reduction of the bamboo along with the rest of the hedge could arguably be part of a Notice.
  13. A client's neighbour chopped his hedge when he was on holiday, and while there was a High Hedge application in to the Council. Got 150 hours community service and a criminal record, the sheriff said he was lucky not to be in jail. Criminal damages of about £5,600 paid.
  14. The lowest that can be specified in a high hedge notice is 2 metres. The legislation is the Antisocial Behaviour Act. And yes this would eb criminal damage. The only worry would be that if the neighbour says he was going to cut the hedge and the owner has no record of saying that wasn't OK, hte neighbour could argue in court that he had agreement. So yes, get the disagreement on the record in writing and give somebody trustworthy and neutral a dated copy. Or send onesself a sealed tracked postage copy and don't open it when it arrives.
  15. That's good to know, I have been feeling a bit guilty about using the occasional google aerial pic.


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