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Gravel boards query

Hi there. Our neighbour is currently having her fence replaced. Her ground level is slightly higher and her contractors have fitted new concrete gravel boards, but set them so high, they are above ground level on our side, exposing the fact that they have sat them on the broken brick foundations of the old wall. The fence panels have now been put on top of them. Am I supposed to just accept this, or are there rules on how the contractor is supposed to leave our side of the fence looking? We will have to raise the level of our garden by several inches to conceal this mess. Many thanks, John.


  • hatty123hatty123 Posts: 125
    Looks like a bit of a bodge job, they think they can get away with it because their customer won't see it on their side. Can you talk to your neighbour about it?
    If they won't put it right, then it doesn't look unfixable. I've got a bit of this in my garden from very old gravel boards and if you pack the soil into the gap and gradually level it out then it shouldn't be noticeable and you won't need to raise the level of the whole bed. But definitely try talking to them first if you haven't already.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,432
    Is that the view from your side,you say broken brick wall, difficult to see that. Hubby has put up lots of fences (it's an extremely sore point,every single garden we ended up doing both sides)he's looked at the picture, said you've got to level with the top of the fence,not the bottom,we had some gaps here, which he filled with shingle.if it is definitely HER fence her responsibility, afraid you have no say. At least with concrete gravel boards you can pile up a bit of soil. Do you have any pictures of the actual fence?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,131
    Just stick some soil in the gap - it's only a tiny bit of brick showing. Not difficult to amend. 
    If it's their fence, I'd doubt the contractor has to consider your side. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    edited May 2021
    You'll end up with a brand new fence which hasn't cost you a penny . 
    IMHO , filling in a big of soil is small price to pay.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,045
    As the neighbour's garden is higher the gravel boards have been put at the correct level for them.  Putting bits of brick or stone under the boards to level them isn't unusual.  As others have said, just a bit of soil pushed up at your side will hide them.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,860
    Mine's the same where the neighbours had a fence put in last summer. There used to be a wire fence with an old privet hedge on our side and with our agreement they paid for their contractors to take it all out. No complaints from me! The hedge was getting to be hard work to maintain. There was so much root removed that it left the soil level a bit lower on our side where the hedge was. I dug in a bin full of compost to replenish it a bit, and I'm gradually filling it up with bagged topsoil and compost when I see it cheap, old compost from containers etc as I acquire it, but in the meantime the plants in front hide it unless I go and look.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,285
    I can’t see any issue here. The unevenness of the soil could be easily rectified though I don’t see why it needs doing at all. However I am concerned about hedgehog access. Do they use your box and did they have a routeway through the old fence?
    Rutland, England
  • Hello all. Thanks for all your comments. If the gravel board issue was the only problem with these works, then I would have let it go. But sadly it's just the latest problem with these workmen, so I was averse to letting it go. The other problems have been spoken about and are hopefully being rectified. Neither the contractor or neighbour have been particularly pleasant to talk to, so don't want to raise anymore. Just wasn't sure if there was anything from a legislative point of view, but I guess not. I am happy that we're getting a new fence, so going to focus on that. Ben, in answer to your query, this boundary has always been solid and the hedgehogs accessed through another fence, but the box is vacant at present. Fingers crossed they come back. 
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,045
    Legislation to cover bits of brick being visible below gravel boards???
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,432
    Cant have hedgehog gap in my fence,my (toy )dog can get underneath he did a few times,then goes through my friends metal gate,he can squeeze through the gate no problems,then there's the road,!
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