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    Garden Wars and Wasps

    Yes the garden is big.

    Yes the gardener was there first and has a more expensive house.

    Yes apple trees don't grow that big in 10 years.

    Yes the non-gardener is allowed to cut the overhanging branches back and chuck them in the neighbours garden.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...pple-tree.html
    A keen gardener is being sued by her wasp-sensitive neighbour in a 'trivial' £200,000 court fight over fruit falling from her apple tree onto next door's lawn.

    Dunsfold and Hascombe Horticultural Society member Antoinette Williams is at war with her Surrey neighbour Barbara Pilcher, who claims she has plagued her life with smelly compost bins and rotting fruit from her apple tree.

    The court heard that Mrs Williams moved into £600,000 Frensham Cottage, Dunsfold, near Godalming, nearly 40 years ago, while Mrs Pilcher bought the adjoining three-bedroom £500,000 Farleigh Cottage, in 2010.


    Wasp-allergic Mrs Pilcher claims she is now a 'prisoner in her own home' and has been unable to use the bottom of her garden due to the pong of composters and hordes of stinging insects flocking to fallen apples which have dropped from Mrs Williams' overhanging tree onto her grass.

    If left on the ground, the apples rot and attract wasps, said her barrister, which is alarming for Mrs Pilcher as she has a wasp allergy and was hospitalised in 2018 following an attack.

    Despite collecting around 1,000 fallen apples from the ground in her desperation to avoid being stung, Mrs Pilcher claims she continues to fear falling apples and wasps on her own patch.

    Central London County Court heard that her legal bill could already exceed £200,000 in the fight with her green-fingered neighbour.

    Mrs Pilcher claims she has suffered years of harassment, trespass and nuisance and seeks compensation - plus an injunction to prevent any future problems.

    But gardener Mrs Williams is defending the claim, and says her neighbour's case is groundless and 'trivial'.

    She also told Judge Laurence Cohen QC that Mrs Pilcher ramped up tensions herself when she 'made a very rude gesture' at her in a clash over car parking.

    In 2013, tensions developed over the boundary between their two rear gardens, followed later on by claims from Mrs Pilcher that Mrs Williams had blocked her right of way through her garden and allowed damp to filter into her home.

    (Click on the link to read more of their madness.)
    "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR

    #2
    There was another gardening court case recently where some woman was up in arms over not being allowed to cut a tree back, that had a protection order on it so wasn't a newly planted one, because of some allergy her child had to it.

    Surely these people look at potential hazards before they buy a property?

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      #3
      Originally posted by ladymuck View Post

      Surely these people look at potential hazards before they buy a property?
      No they are like people who move near a church tower of a 100+ year old church, and complain about the bells ringing on the hour.
      "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR

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        #4
        “The court heard that Mrs Williams moved into £600,000 Frensham Cottage, Dunsfold, near Godalming, nearly 40 years ago, while Mrs Pilcher bought the adjoining three-bedroom £500,000 Farleigh Cottage, in 2010.”

        Fail due to poor journalism - it’s unclear if these are current market valuations confirmed by the reporter in the last 30 days max.

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          #5
          Originally posted by AtW View Post
          “The court heard that Mrs Williams moved into £600,000 Frensham Cottage, Dunsfold, near Godalming, nearly 40 years ago, while Mrs Pilcher bought the adjoining three-bedroom £500,000 Farleigh Cottage, in 2010.”

          Fail due to poor journalism - it’s unclear if these are current market valuations confirmed by the reporter in the last 30 days max.
          Must be. Nothing in Godalming would have cost £600k 40 years ago.

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            #6
            Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
            Must be. Nothing in Godalming would have cost £600k 40 years ago.
            Not with that kind of neighbours…

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              #7
              This is just what people in Little England do for fun isn't it? They are wealthy so they think that means they are important and entitled to get their own way.

              Originally posted by MaryPoppins
              I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
              Originally posted by vetran
              Urine is quite nourishing

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                #8
                Now you mention it, I've barely seen a wasp all year. We'll miss them when they're gone, maybe.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by mattster View Post
                  Now you mention it, I've barely seen a wasp all year. We'll miss them when they're gone, maybe.
                  They are (evil) pollinators so yes we will.

                  Saw a massive bumblebee this afternoon though.

                  I plant things to attract them.
                  "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SueEllen View Post

                    They are (evil) pollinators so yes we will.

                    Saw a massive bumblebee this afternoon though.

                    I plant things to attract them.
                    Yeah, me too! No shortage of big bumblers this year, they are all over the last of the lavender. We did use to get a lot of wasps about, even had a nest in the attic a few years back, so I wonder if the harsh spring did for them this year?

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