planting on verge.

LynLyn Posts: 8,409

Thought I would show a photo of a piece of roadside verge outside our bungalow.My dad started cultivating this bit about 20 years ago, planting a few snowdrops and daffs, I have carried on the tradition and have removed the old privet hedge, replacing with laurels. I planted them last spring, they have made all that growth in one year. I will keep them to about 5 feet high to screen the bungalow from the road. I have taken it along another 8ft or so last year, and as I find more bulbs and turf from digging beds in the main garden I hope to take it all the way down.




Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 


  • Is it just grassy in the summer? 

  • Lovely! I wish more people did this - it would improve the environment so much for everyone as well as improving one's own outlook.

  • It is lovely to see someone taking a pride in the front of their home and giving a lovely display.Today as I walk my area,most front gardens are taking up for brick drive ways and piles of grit and not a flower in sight.(90% )and only a few gardens with flowers.

  • Did you enclose the verge, Lyn?

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,409
    It is only grass in the summer but I have plans to put hydrangea's all along the other side of the front gate. I did about 20 cuttings last year that are now about a foot high so they should come on nicely and should flower this summer.

    We fenced it in but no one minds and I think, maybe wrongly that if you tend the verge for 11 years you can call it yours.

    Thank you for your comments image
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • I found this in the Daily Mail online.

    'Normally, a squatter must possess land for 12 years before claiming ownership under adverse possession.

    Making a claim has been made more difficult since 2002  -  squatters have to inform the landowner of their intention to claim possession. But if you had already been squatting for the qualifying period before 2002  -  if you enclosed the land before 1990 and have occupied it ever since  -  this will not be necessary.'

    Read more:

    We had a house with an extra piece of enclosed land once. We were told that after 12 years, no-one except the owner could claim it from us and that, after 20 years, ecen the erstwhile rightful owner could not reclaim it. 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,499

    Hi Lyn, have a look here for the various ways of 'annexing' land.  As I understand it, one cannot be prosecuted for 'stealing' land, provided all of the rules are followed!

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Hi Lyn , Assuming your Councils by-laws are the same as where I am from you are responsible for the upkeep of the verges outside your property , Just an observation the chain linking the posts look like a tripping hazard? . Otherwise a very good job .


  • But, if you haven't enclosed it and used it without hindrance, you have no claim on it.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,409

    Thats right GG, I wont trip over it Derek, I can take a piece of the chain link off to get in with the mower and no one walks here, just the odd horse rider or tractor. No houses anywhere to be seen.

    I think the council probably appreciate some one else tending it or they would have to.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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