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My hedge has grown through a metal link fence into my neighbour’s garden. The last time I cut the top of the hedge my neighbour threw the cuttings back over. Am I responsible for picking up these cuttings and should I leave the top of the hedge on her side in future?

Your neighbour is actually following the letter of the law in returning the cuttings from your hedge, because they belong to you! In theory you should not allow your hedge to intrude into your neighbour’s garden; in legal terms it is trespassing. If you do it would be polite to cut it back and remove the evidence as long as your neighbour doesn’t object to you going into her garden. It’s not something you should fall out about.

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