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So I can answer you fully, could you confirm that the trees are on "the other side" of your boundary fence, or have you in any way fenced in the land on which the trees are situated so this land now forms part of your own garden?
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Unfortunately the trees are on the other side of my boundary fence. Are there any exceptions when a homeowner has maintained them?
Thanks for your reply.
I am afraid you have not gained any legal right or ownership over the trees/the land.
Although you have been good enough to maintain the trees over the years, as there has been no "possession" of the land by you, you would be unsuccessful in trying to claim adverse possession. This is because, to be successful, you would have to show that you have possessed the land to the exclusion of the true owner.
I am sorry this is not the answer you were looking for, but sets out the legal position.
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