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May I clarify if this is an allotment please or your home you are referring to?
It is farm land. Is that correct?
Is there a ditch on either side of the hedge in question?
yes the ditch is our side of the hedge
Thank you. Finally may I clarify which section of the IA 1857 you consider is relevant as much of the Act has been repealed or is no longer relevant to most situations?
Inclosure Award and Map for the Parish of Binsted.
Thanks. The Inclosure Award under the E/Iclosure Acts has been replaced by the Law of Property Act 1922 and 1925 which converted awards to freeholds which is what you will own today.
Accordingly the Enclosure Acts are largely confined to history in terms of their impact on the law.
The position with regards XXXXX XXXXX is governed in part by your title but on the basis that most titles are silent or ambiguous with regards XXXXX XXXXX the title often does not resolve the position.
There is a common law presumption (which can be rebutted if you have evidence and want to rebut the presumption) that where there is a ditch and a hedge the boundary line lies at the ditch and not the hedge. So in your case the presumption would run that the hedge is not your responsibility because it is on the other side of the ditch.
Is there anything above I can clarify for you?
No that's fine.
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As the Award has been converted to freehold under the 1922/25 Acts and the Award states we have responsibility for the north west boundary, surely that must include the hedge because one would not dig a ditch and not plant the hedge on the spoil from the ditch?
Yes, a neighbour who owns the adjoining paddock. He has made a big hole in the hedge so that our animals could escape through it.
He is not a farmer and does not keep stock