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She is very unpredictable. In the past on two occasions she has come into my garden and physically attacked a man who was cutting her laurel hedge back in line with my side of the wall near the house, and once she removed his shears. She returned them to me later. Each time she reduced large men to jelly. My late husband thought she had a phobia concerning her possessions and particularly her trees and land. The council took her to court for me when her laurel blocked my sitting room light so much that I could only read when the light was on during day time in the summer. This is a small street with narrow gardens, my own being 50 ft long from the house to the pavement-less road, and hers is crammed with woodland trees.
She may surprise us all by agreeing. She is intelligent and can be charming. I simply need to know where I stand in law. My man knows what he is up against and is prepared to take it on, but he says he can't without some authority as he will have to stand on her land.
I propose to write to her putting the situation to her, when I have exhausted my research.
Thank you so much for your help.