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Help please blocking neighbours CCTV

Sorry it's long winded....

I am wondering if it's possible to plant willow in old wheelie bins? Has anyone every grown anything in bins with any success?  I'm looking for something which grows super tall and very fast, which could be planted in a wheelie bin (thinking about planting in a bin so we instantly have 1m above ground level, and if necessary it can be moved. 

We have a 70yo neighbour, he's a single man living himself, who has cctv pointing only into our garden back and front (it doesn't capture his property) and we are trying to block them.  He says they're for security and he seems to get enjoyment from the fact we don't like them, so he refuses to remove them. We do not feel comfortable about them or what his real intentions are, particularly as we have children under 16 and teenage daughters. The police and council cannot do anything.   Any help regarding what we can grow or build quickly to block him and his cameras out would be greatly appreciated :)


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,166
    I'm sorry you've got that problem. I don't think your neighbour is now allowed to point cameras towards your property and I'm surprised that you say the police and the council won't do anything about it. Have you made formal complaints in writing to them and him?  I believe there was a court case last year? that settled the matter.

    On another neighbours dispute on this forum, the poster was advised to check their home insurance policy to see if they had a legal advice helpline included so you could try that perhaps. Citizens Advice Bureau might also help if they are now open.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • anc0797anc0797 Posts: 17
    Thank you very much, I hadn't thought about contacting the commissioner or MP so thank you 
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,898
    edited July 2020
    We grow bamboo in tall thin pots, similar to a wheelie bin shape.

    Bamboo is more or less evergreen, more so than willow, and some varieties grow to over 4 metres.  

    Not cheap if you are wanting a fairly mature plant though.

    But better that than being watched.

    In the meantime, could you not rig up some kind of tall pole with a kite-shaped object on the top of it?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • anc0797anc0797 Posts: 17
    Thank you, what bamboo species do you have or what do you recommend, I'm a complete gardening newbie thanks 
  • anc0797anc0797 Posts: 17
    Thank you Lizzie27 , I did know that about some home insurance policies so I definitely check that out thanks

  • BigladBiglad Posts: 2,893
    I'd be tempted to take down the CCTV cameras and put THEM in the wheelie bin  B)
    East Lancs
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,898
    There are two types of bamboo. The first type is called “clumping” and it grows in clumps, often large ones.

    The second type is called “running” and it spreads, sometimes energetically, by underground runners.

    Most people buy the clumping varieties because they don’t want to be chasing after and being bullied by the underground runners.

    But if you grow a running variety in a container it has nowhere to run.

    I have Phyllostachys aurea and Phyllostachys aurea sulcata. They are in pots that are about 70 cms tall and after five years are at least 4 metres tall themselves.

    See here for more about them.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    BenCotto said:
    Phone 101 and ask to speak to the Child Protection Officer. That should get things moving quite swiftly.
    Definitely asap
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