Our neighbours, with whom we have a 'cool' relationship (their choice not ours) have a hedge of bay laurels, big evergreen shrubs.
This hedge is on the south side of our decking, so casts soe shade on our plot. The decking is raised and overlooks their garden so I understand why they would want a screen there, fine.
Thing is, the laurels are now towering some 10ft over our decking and I can see half of it being in shade this summer as a result. I did cut them down to a reasonable height (head height) last year but had the neighbour rush out screaming abuse and saying in no uncertain terms NOT to touch her laurels. I kept calm and tried to reason with her but to no avail.
Thing is, I want to cut the down to a reasonable height, so they are about 6ft above our decking, providing an effective screen. Left to their own devices, they will become leggy trees, useless as a hedge. The neighbours don't seem to understand this.
Isn't there some recently introduced law regarding heights of hedges between properties? I can see this escalating into a dispute, so it'd be nice to know I have right on my side.
When the stars are right, Yog Sothoth will open The Gate, and the Old Ones will return.