ivy damaging lime and mortar wall
neighbour has merrily been growing ivy on a lime and mortar garden wall that is owned by us. It is not a shared wall.
A few years back when the ivy was only a short distance along the wall I asked for it to be removed during their garden renovation works and the guy doing the works happily pulled it off. Whether pulling was a good idea or not, as he followed it with a comment saying that section of the wall didn't look too good.
The neighbour chose to regrow the ivy along the full length of the wall. Somewhere along the way I spoke to the neighbour with my concerns that it was damaging the wall. The neighbour pointed out the obvious that it is an old wall. Well yes it is lime and mortar, but it was in pretty reasonable condition. But now if my eyes do not deceive me, it is starting to lean!!!
Older and wiser I now realise that their ivy might be considered a trespass?
THIS ARTICLE GIVES YOU SOME CLUES AS TO WHAT THE IVY MIGHT BE DOING TO THE WALL.
YOU COULD ASK FOR A REPORT FROM A COMPANY LIKE THIS ONE WHICH MIGHT LEND WEIGHT TO YOUR ARGUMENT.
HOWEVER, I THINK IT IS WORTH ASKING YOURSELF (AND YOU NEIGHBOUR) WHY YOUR NEIGHBOUR CONTINUES TO GROW IVY ON YOUR WALL. ARE THEY TRYING TO MAKE IT MORE WILDLIFE FRIENDLY PERHAPS? ARE THEY TRYING TO ANNOY YOU? DO THEY NOT LIKE THE APPEARANCE OF THE WALL?
I ALWAYS FAVOUR A CONVERSATION OVER SUPPOSITION.
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
Thank you for the reply. As I understand the neighbour does not like our brick wall so grew ivy to cover it up. A kinder solution to the wall would have been for them to consider a fence to hide it.
I suspect the ivy has been grown with ignorance, least I hope that is the case. However, having discussed the issues politely a few times over a number of years they have persisted, having a lack of respect to a neighbours property. They are not bad neighbours, but nor are they good.
It will be an expensive wall to replace. To add to the grief it is entirely our wall. At one time one end of the wall was integral to a lean-to conservatory.