A pensioner says her home is in almost constant darkness after her neighbour’s leylandii hedges grew 40ft high.
Maggie Orgee, 65, says the giant evergreens block out the sunlight to her £300,000 home in Worcester, where she lives with her dementia-sufferer husband Robert, 67.
The couple paid £200 to trim the hedges on their side of the fence but they still tower over their home. They say neighbour Ken Miles refuses to do anything about them.
Two neighbours are at war over these leylandii trees which a couple say block out light
The couple have had the trees pruned on their side but they still grow on the other side
Mrs Orgee, a retired health care assistant, said: ‘It is really bad, the hedges have grown out of control. I can’t stand it.
‘They’ve grown so tall they have blocked sunlight from entering my house.
‘Bits of the plant falls into my garden and creates a big mess. I am constantly cleaning up after this plant. I am so fed up.
‘From my bedroom window you can see clearly into his garden – you cannot step foot in his garden it is so over grown.
‘He ignores the fact and thinks the problem will go away.
She claims she has repeatedly tried to contact retired milkman Mr Miles about the hedges but has not received a response.
Mr and Mrs Orgee say the leylandii are light a high wall towering over their garden
This is the view from the couple’s garden, where the trees tower over their fence
Mrs Orgee, who has lived in the street with her husband since 1993, added: ‘I have knocked on his door and have sent him multiple letters complaining, but he never answers his door or responds to any of my letters.
‘In March I even paid £200 for a tree surgeon to trim the plant down from her side of the fence but it just grows back.
‘I have been here for 26 years; it is my home. His curtains are the same ones he had when we moved in. They are like rags.
‘I do not want to move but I have had enough. It is not my job to cut down his trees or pay to keep it maintained.
‘I have found rats in my garden which I think have come from his garden. It’s horrible.’
Mr Miles has been approached for comment.
They say their retired neighbour has let his garden grow completely out of control
The couple say they have tried to contact the retired milkman next door to no avail
Tougher laws north of the border
Councils in Scotland have tougher powers to tackle high hedges than local authorities in England and Wales.
In 2013, the High Hedges (Scotland) Bill was passed in Holyrood.
Like the system in England and Wales, it allows homeowners to go to their local authority if they have tried and failed to resolve a dispute over a high hedge themselves.
However, in Scotland, councils can then carry out remedial work themselves and charge the offending neighbour.
In England and Wales, councils can only issue ‘remedial notice’ ordering the homeowner to trim the hedge themselves. They cannot remove the foliage themselves.