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Need advice screening neighbor trampoline

My neighbor has erected a huge trampoline right at our fence and I'm looking for ideas as to plants to help screen it. It means that they can see right into our dining room and kitchen, the height is about 12ft I reckon. Not to mention total lack of privacy as we sit on our decking, we had the pleasure of even mum and dad and adult friends jumping on it yesterday!! I've looked online and black bamboo has been mentioned. Newbie gardener here so all suggestions/advice would be appreciated.



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,005

    I really sympathise here tammy. I think you should need planning permission for those ruddy things  - you need it for treehouses after all.

    Bamboo can be invasive - although if you could aim it so that it runs under the fence and into the trampoline it might be useful! image

    'Normal' hedging might be a better bet. Something as ordinary as privet which will grow quite quickly but is easily controlled. It will get to a good height but you can keep it at a neat depth. Hornbeam and Beech will do the same job , and although not evergreen (or semi evergreen like privet ) the foliage remains through winter if kept at around 10 to 12 feet high. 

    I expect you'll get a few more suggestions. If you can give any extra info - length you want to plant up for instance - that will help too. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,024

    Lack of consideration by neighbours seems to be becoming a more common theme.  Unfortunately any plant based solution is going to take time to be effective.  Black bamboo would do the job over time, and has the potential benefit of still letting light through.  It will take a number of years to form a large clump unless you are prepared to go to the expense of buying several mature plants.  That could cost 2 or 3 hundred pounds.

    Fencing isn't an option, given the height you need to get.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    The parents will have the odd go for the first week and then again when they're drunk at the annual BBQ. The children don't care about you or your dining room so won't look and by next year they'll have grown out of it/ grown bored with it.

    The sad story of all the trampolines in the country. Bamboo is a bit rash!! I think as FG says normal hedging and earplugs for this Summer till it grows. image

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,155

    PP is right. They'll soon get fed up with it  or break something and eventually the children won't use it either.

    Be patientimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,391

    I agree with PP; the parents won't use it and the kids don't care about looking into your house.  They won't use it all the time.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • tammyhea35tammyhea35 Posts: 3

    Thanks everyone for your replies. I understand that children have to enjoy themselves and I'm not really disputing the noise issues, dog Barking alongside kids shouting etc (I can play radio or headphones if outside alone). She is a registered child minder so no doubt it'll will be used often!

    I'm on decent terms with her which makes it even more annoying that she didn't mention it to us.

    We're currently re modelling our garden, ie new fence on other side of the garden, new shed location, vegetables patch etc and have consulted both neighbours on each side of our plans out of neighbourly manners.

    I wish I could upload pictures to show you what Im trying to explain. 

    It's right outside my patio doors and decking area and it appears that the previous owners of my house must've had issues with them as our existing fence on this side appears to be over 2m and hastily erected with virtually no spacing between panels. So any plants/screen will need to reach at least 12ft and then I'm concerned that they could chop the tops off as it might actually touch their safety netting, it's that close, less than 1/2 ft away from fence.

    I was thinking about asking them to either try moving it further back from the fence or to put up a trellis or green netting as to alleviate the overlooking aspect. 

    If she refuses then it looks like bamboo in containers is the way to go although as someone mentioned can be costly. I don't really want traditional hedging at that position as it could block out light on our decking plus.

    Thanks Pp for that link, very interesting as I've been trying to find any legal info.

  • tammyhea35tammyhea35 Posts: 3

    Also I was under the impression huge tall hedges could be asked to be cut back re high hedge act.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    She probably didn't mention it because it didn't occur to her that it would bother you. I don't mean that in a cheeky way, simply as a statement of fact. If she's a child minder then clearly squealy children don't annoy her. Me? I'd shoot em!!!! image but most folk really don't get that.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,266

    My neighbour has a very nice hawthorn hedge that is about the height you require. I'm not suggesting you should remove it at dead of night but you could consider growing a similar one.

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