What would you do?
I have a small area of 'garden' at the front of our house which is actually owned by the council but over the years the previous owner of the property 'claimed' it and started planting it up. It has a silver birch growing in the middle of it and there is a grassy bank along the side. The previous owner planted a beautiful array of tulips and it looks very beautiful in the spring when they are out but during the summer it just looks a mess with the grass overgrown and copious colonies of dandelions and willow herb. I would like to maintain it but am conscious that at any point the council could just claim it back and I'd lose all my hard work not to mention the money put into it.
The area is shaded during the summer, not only by the silver birch but also by a neighboring large, mature horse chestnut tree and it is also very dry (unsurprisingly).
What suggestions do people have?