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The deeds to our property state that we have privet and blackthorn hedges dividing us from our neighbours on both sides of our bungalow. One of the neighbours wants to rip out the hedge and replace it with wooden fence panels. We don’t really want this to happen. Can we prevent them doing this?

Since you have your deeds to hand you should be able to establish quite easily whether they indicate who owns the hedge. If they don’t it probably means the hedge runs along the boundary and is jointly-owned by you and your neighbours. In that case you will have to reach a joint decision about it or leave it where it is. Your neighbour could of course cut it right back to the boundary, which may not do it a lot of good!

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