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Our house backs onto a golf course. Last week the club planted

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Our house backs onto a golf course. Last week the club planted over 100 trees behind 8 houses. The trees are planted very close together and 5 deep. Some species will grow to 50 metres. They are about 2 metres from our fences. The trees will completely obscure the view ( which has been the same in the 37 years we have lived here), shade our gardens. Affecting what we can grow and making the houses darker.Possibly the roots could damage our end of garden patios. There was no prior warning or discussion.
Is there anything we can do?
Thank you
My name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. Were there any plants / trees at the location which have been removed and replaced or is this a completely new set of plantings?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Dear *****
Thank you for helping us with this problem
The trees are new planting season. Nothing was removed prior to planting.
The trees nearest to our fences are 2 m away others start 3 m away and then they are 5 deep with only 18 inches between them. Some are species that will grow to 50 meters and even these are planted close together. They are evergreen so they will overlap each other creating a green wall.
We understand the land is private but we would have expected some discussion before planting as our gardens and houses will be affected .
Some neighbours are worried about tree roots as well.
Kind Regards
OK thanks for th additional information. You can write to the club expressing your concerns and ask them to note the risk of future damage to your property. You can also ask them how they propose to control overgrowth and control of the trees and what they will do to stop obstruction of light etc. However, at the moment, there is no claim against the club in law for any form of nuisance or damage unless you can prove that damage in the future will definitely occur in which case your recourse would be to see an injunction to stop future planting and remove the existing trees. I suggest you send the letter in the first and see what the response is - ideally you should try and negotiate a solution without resorting to legal action which could be very expensive. Can I clarify any matter for you?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you.
We will write and also request a meeting to see if we can negotiate removal of some trees to give each house a sight line through the trees and also discuss longer term management.
My pleasure - please do come back to me if you need any further assistance. In he meantime please remember to take a moment to rate my answer. Best, Alice.
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