I have purchased a new home knowing that it’s back garden needs some TLC It has a Devon hedge with one mature Oak a smaller oak and hazel trees The hedge is completely overgrown withi ivy ( some busybody has complained and the Council have placed a temporary TPO ) I requested a visit as I am not interfering with the trees. The so senior officer says Ivy will not harm the trees I beg to differ I have an opportunity to face the planning committee in February so I am preparing my request to object to the TPO on the grounds it is not necessary as I am clearing the base of the hedge of Ivy which we find is creeping across the grass. My neighbour has complained that I have take some of his ivy away from his side of the fence which is opposite ( just shows how bad the Ivy was allowed to grow - wild ) The neighbour loves the Ivy as it hides the posts and cross bars holding the fencing which makes his side ugly . I said nothing further on this I am 71yrs have experience in “recovering” neglected gardens and do everything the hard way - Hard labour no electric devices we have not touched a branch Through clearing the hedgerow I uncovered some Fungi at the base of the Oak Tree - ( This has now in a way halted the TPO issue as “they can not issue a TPO “ if the tree is not healthy ? I explain the situation so you have some idea the neighbour has been on our case since we moved in All I am looking for is the endorsement that IVY CAN damage a Mature tree Since clearing the hedge the fungi has dropped off onto the ground so that too could have gone undiscovered if we had not interveaned so again that could be included in your reply We don’t have the funds to pay for an experts report nor to have the tree/s removed in any case Aside of this I think to simply draw up a TPO on someone’s complaint without checking their authenticity is fraught with nothing but trouble for everyone Any advice on seeking a change or bringing matters for change on TPOs will be appreciated I know you can not get involved in the issue
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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