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Harry Report 20 Sep 2013 23:54

My neighbour has a great big cupressus lawsonia, which for years has put a fair part of my garden in the shade. A monstrosity of a tree.

Today he has had men in to take it down. I should be over the moon but I can;t help thinking of all the birds who made it their home. Our feathered friends have it hard these days.

I admit to being a plonker.

Happy days

Too many people over-value what they are not,, and under value what they are.


Elizabethofseasons Report 21 Sep 2013 00:04

Dear Mr Harry


Hope you are okay.

I am surprised that this neighbour did not have the tree pruned
instead of taken away.

Around here, the local council do their best to preserve trees.

You are not a Pl*****! Lanuguage, Mr H!

I love seeing our feathered friends.

Recently, a tiny bird sat on the window ledge and was chirping away.

He looked straight at me and then decided to venture
in through the lace curtain!

I gently persuaded him he should return to his nest.

Lovely moment.

Our wildlife and pets are so precious.

Take gentle care of yourself, <3
Very best wishes
Elizabeth, EOS


ChAoTicintheNewYear Report 21 Sep 2013 00:08

I have to agree with Elizabeth about being surprised he didn't just prune it back.


Sharron Report 21 Sep 2013 00:25

It is probably too late for nests so they only need a twig where they can tuck their heads under their wings.


maggiewinchester Report 21 Sep 2013 00:38

I've got about 20ft of leylandii 'hedge' that I pruned from 20 ft high to
12 ft 20 odd years ago. I also thinned it, so people could actually walk on the pavement.
Never had a nest in it!!! (mind you, my 3 cats may have something to do with it - but they never climb the leylandii)

Just enjoy the light! :-D

Just like to add that I have hedgehogs that wander through my garden and an ever increasing population of slow worms, so it's not as though my garden is wildlife unfriendly.


SylviaInCanada Report 21 Sep 2013 04:04

not a bad idea to cut down that lawsonia ................... trees do reach the end of their life spans!


LadyScozz Report 21 Sep 2013 05:53

We have a ginormous fig tree between us & neighbours. It's right on the fence line, so there's a gap in the fence. Neighbour said it was his tree.

A few months ago, neighbour decided he didn't like the tree, so he poisoned it!

All the branches on HIS side of fence have no leaves, our side has maybe half the branches still leafy.

We are on a very sloping block, the back of our house is about 3 stories high, and the tree is much higher than the house.

What happens when the tree falls over?


I don't think our neighbour thought this through.

Silly Sausage

Silly Sausage Report 21 Sep 2013 07:58

Next door to us she has a willow tree she only keeps it for spite we prune it on our side but I detest it she is so selfish the tree is vermin we dont get no sunshine after 3 pm


LadyScozz Report 21 Sep 2013 09:18

Hayley ~ do you have any copper nails?



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 21 Sep 2013 09:25

Enjoy the sunlight while you can. You might even find that your lawn or plants grow better! If it was covered by a TPO, the neighbour will have to replace it with something else.

The majority of the trees round here have TPOs on them. I just wish they would allow more of the Sycamores to be removed. The house which backs on to us has had (with permission) the limbs pruned back from their side - if the rampant honey fungus gets into it, it will topple over onto us, not them!


Maryanna Report 21 Sep 2013 09:39

Our story is the same as Hayley's, except it is a manky old Blackthorn which drops sloes all over our lawn so I am forever having to dig small saplings and seedlings out if the grass and flower beds. Horrible man, (yob) he only lets it grow because we had an argument about fifteen years ago over the fence. ( our fence which he destroyed by using it as a football goal, he then had the nerve to complain about us replacing it !)

The tree blocks the sun from the garden for four hours in the afternoon and is too prickly even for the birds to sit on.

It doesn't affect him as it is at the end of his garden, he can hardly even see it.

Where can you get copper nails ? M


maggiewinchester Report 21 Sep 2013 09:44

DeT - Sycamores with TPO's on? They're no more than weeds!!That's like declaring a dandelion special.

Maryanna - sloe gin?? :-D


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 21 Sep 2013 09:53

Maggie - tell me about it! :-|

Like Maryanna, if we don't spot seedlings when they sprout, we have the devils own job trying to get them out.


Harry Report 21 Sep 2013 10:23

Thanks for the replies. Much appreciated. Will miss the chirping when i walk down the path or there's a cat about.

Best wishes Happy days


AnnCardiff Report 21 Sep 2013 10:43

well I had a hedge of those trees for years and never once was there a bird's nest in it - don't think you should be worryng, they don't seem to build their nests in those trees


Nyx Report 21 Sep 2013 13:36

Birds don't nest in them but I think due to the resin it is a great tree for insects which the birds then eat, also for roosting as it has such good cover. I have a small similar one in the back garden and I've noticed the bluebirds and a jenny wren particularly like it.

Shame, but maybe they will put in something that blocks less light but still attracts birds.


Harry Report 21 Sep 2013 14:14

A garage I fear,RR., although they have the stump to remove first. Thanks to all for your interest.

Happy days


Potty Report 21 Sep 2013 14:25

When our neighbour took down his row of cypresses it wasn't the birds we worried about so much but the red squirrels who liked to use them as a road to our bird feeders. Luckily, it hasn't stopped them but they do find the high trellis that we have a bit difficult to negotiate.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 21 Sep 2013 14:38

Some neighbours up the road from us decided to plant leylandi as a hedge along their front garden boundary .

Our houses were built in the 1960,s with open plan front gardens and restrictions on what you could do that might restrict the open plan.

No one reported them cos the trees grew and grew and in a few years they were enormous and growing out over the path so mums were having problems with prams and toddlers.

Think someone must have eventually complained and the council told them to cut them back . also the housing developer got on the case and eventually prosecuted them for breaching the development conditions . The house owner was an A hole anyway and fought cos they wanted too, but lost all round and the council felled the trees and he had to foot all the bills . he moved not long after .

The neighbours were glad to see him go


Andysmum Report 21 Sep 2013 15:42

Years ago, we lived in an end of terrace house on a very narrow country lane.

Next door had a fir tree right next to the boundary fence and pretty close to the house. As it was blocking most of his light he decided to remove it.

Much sawing later he was left with a 6' stump. As he had the middle property he only had a single gate and asked us if he could bring the stump extractor machine up our drive and along in front of the house to operate it over the fence. I agreed and 12 year old son and I went upstairs to watch the fun.

Unfortunately the lane was too narrow to get the machine through the gate, so he went back into his garden to have a think!!

While thinking he leant against the stump ------- and it fell over. :-D :-D :-D Roots and all!!!