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Yes, and this is the first time the Council has raised this issue, so not since 1990 when I bought the house. The land on the other side of the fence where the trees are is also unregistered, despite what they told me when they refused me permission to fence off some of it as an enlarged garden. I thought the law was that if you took care of a piece of unregistered land for more than 12 years you could legally claim it.
Thanks for your help, Al. I cannot use a solicitor because I am on pension credits and have very little cash for this. The Council is reluctant to own up to the trees being their responsibility because then they will be liable to pay for everything that was destroyed.. I am going to write to the Ombudsman. I have already lodged a complaint with the Council and their response has been unacceptable.