Gardening: Cuttings

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TREES ARE like children. We find it inconceivable that other people could ever find fault with our own, but are quick to find shortcomings in those belonging to others.

When is a tree a nuisance? What redress do we have when a neighbour seems determined to imprison us, as well as themselves, within walls of hideous Leyland cypress?

Trees do not respect boundaries. I am fortunate in having neighbours who appreciate our big beech trees as much as I do. But what if they didn't?

"Trees in Dispute" is the subject of a new booklet published by the Arboricultural Advisory and Information Service and may save you years of angry snarling over the fence.

It is available (pounds 5 inc p&p) from the AAIS at Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH (01420 22022).