My neighbour has a row approx 8ft from my kitchen window and they are lovely to look at but they grow so quickly they block the light and the sun from my kitchen window and patio. We have previously asked for them to be cut back and they have duly obliged, however they are not gardeners and all along our 100ft garden, their shrubs are so overgrown on their side that we have 4ft of perputal shade on our otherwise narrow garden (faces west/slightly north/west). Can I remove height from my side legally?
They don't like alkaline soil, Abby? Really? Our garden is on the North Downs with solid chalk only a few feet below the soil level. No signs of stress with our shrub. I've even got a rhododenron growing pretty happily too. I mulch it well in the spring and give it a dose of sequestered iron once in a blue moon, and she flowers beautifully.
titchdog, no you can only remove vegetation that crosses the fence. To reduce the height, I imagine you would have to cut on the neighbour's side of the fence, and that you cannot do. If you do remove stuff back to the fence line, and no further, you must return what you cut off to the neighbour.