For Your Information: Fence Wars

You may not be interested in the Fence Wars of our neighbours, but as it was only yesterday that I mentioned it, and there were ‘developments’ today, I thought some of you might be curious. Sometime early this morning  (and perhaps under cover of darkness…?!) a trellis was attached to the bare fence posts and covered with fine mesh, the same kind of mesh that had been attached to our boundary (next to the cutting beds and fruit cage) a day or so after I had the audacity to make myself known to the young man living there when he walked past on the other side of the fence… At least it will stop blackberry stems from going a-wandering….!

The other side of the now trellised boundary, however, is a real eyesore and with a difference in levels between the gardens it now towers 8 0r 9 feet above the ground level of the garden on the right…

Coincidentally, today I also spoke to the lady who lives on the right on my way to deliver another barrowload of timber, and she filled me in on some of the details. There were no barneys involved it seems (and she herself does not want to fall out with anybody, particularly over a fence),  but it was pointed out that the first creation trapped hanging pots and lights already attached to the fence, whilst the second would need to be confirmed by the Council, who owned the property on the right. Whether or not the Council were consulted, those on the left of the fence must have thought that a fence that let light through might prove to be more acceptable… but who knows how long it will remain in situ? We won’t be holding our breath!

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15 Responses to For Your Information: Fence Wars

  1. bcparkison says:

    so….what are the having over there.Plants or animals?

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Most municipalities in our region limit the heights of fences, so trellises or screens attached to the tops of fences are somewhat common. It is annoying. Fences were not so ridiculous in suburban areas when I was a kid. We were not so uptight about privacy.

  3. Jim Stephens says:

    I wouldn’t give much for the chances of it surviving the first gale. Not pretty is it.

    • Cathy says:

      Haha – that’s an interesting thought Jim, especially as the trellis does not reach the ground apparently, but is just attached to the top part of the posts (not apparent from us). It’s those on the right I feel sorry for as it borders most of the length of their garden, whereas I only see it when I look out of the greenhouse

  4. Heyjude says:

    Thanks for the update. Not a thing of beauty for sure, maybe they’ll grow some roses or clematis up the trellis? You could offer some advice, though by the sounds of it the owner is not too friendly.

    • Cathy says:

      They are newish to this property and I suspect they just want privacy – and whatever they grow in their garden will only be seen by them. Not easy for those on the other side to grow climbers as there is a gap between their shorter fence and the ugly one… Hey ho!

  5. peakwalker says:

    I’m fairly certain that fence is now illegal should you be annoyed by it enough a quick call to the council might result in your neighbour being told to reduce its height considerably. Of course that depends upon how much it bothers you or not. We have the misfortune to back onto 5 other properties and as a result have a right mismatch of fences and more that a few where there are gaps between the former joint fence and the new fence the neighbours put in place within their boundaries which usually results in numerous weeds of the never can be removed variety establishing themselves in the gaps between the two fences. I feel your pain.

    • Cathy says:

      I suspect it might be illegal too but it doesn’t really affect us much and essentially we are curious observers. It’s the immediate neighbours who have come off worst and will see the eyesore from their rear windows and everywhere in their small garden. Weeds between fences are a pain though

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  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I don’t envy the fence feud. I have always had good relations with neighbors. My favorite neighbor moved and sold their house. We always had a 4′ chain link fence between us. Not pretty but in summer when it is most noticed I have vines etc growing in front of it to soften the UG in ugly. So the new neighbor that moved in during winter told me immediately that they were putting up a 6′ privacy fence. All I said was go right ahead. Also that by summer they will have plenty of privacy when everything leafs out because I too value my privacy. I just got a look. So far the privacy fence has not been installed and we have become somewhat acquainted. We will see what happens. There is a right of way by the utilities that they will have to deal with which would foreshorten their property quite a bit. It will be interesting as to what they will do.

  8. Anna says:

    Oh you thought not all was done and dusted Cathy and you were right. Not a pretty sight but maybe there are more developments still to come.

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