Don’t Break the Lawn: 7 Garden Crimes to Avoid This SpringMarch 22, 2019
Last modified: March 26, 2019Since the weather is improving and spring is fast approaching, gardeners should keep these warnings in mind to prevent any unwanted stress.
Now that the worst season of winter had passed, many gardeners are ready to exert some effort, but they should still remember that the law of the land still utilises on private property. Therefore, we are providing you with tips on how to avoid 7 garden crimes.
Outdoor experts indicated the common offences that green-fingered Brits might be doing. This is to advise them to avoid committing criminal actions in the garden. Since the weather is improving and spring is fast approaching, gardeners should keep these warnings in mind to prevent any unwanted stress.
You might not have the statutory regulation posted on your house or in your subconscious mind; hence, it is easier to do illegal things if you are not informed.
Seven Ways to Avoid Garden Crimes
Remember those wind-fallen fruits, namely apples, and you kept from your neighbour’s tree to eat? Depriving your neighbours of something they should be owning is stealing. These apples, leaves, twigs or branches might have blown into your garden, but you still need to ask permission from the owner to clear things out.
Seeking permission from your neighbours will less likely get you in trouble when the time comes. Then, if you are denied to get their properties, you should give them that. Your neighbours are not entitled to accept your demands of their properties anyway.
2. Fly Tipping
Fly tipping is when you throw a garden fruit, twigs or trimmings back over your neighbours’ garden. Even you suspect an animal droppings came from your neighbours’ pets; you should not scoop those waste back into their garden fence. That is considered to be an illegal disposal of waste.
You could clean up the mess and pardon the animal if it is something that you don’t need to be stressed about. Furthermore, if you have no concrete pieces of evidence to blame your neighbours’ pets, you will not even win the argument.
Anything you do on your neighbour’s property could be considered trespassing if they did not permit you to do so. Even if you do not pass into a fence or physical barrier, you are not allowed to trim overhanging trees and plants.
You should consider taking up your cutters up when entering the boundary line of your neighbour’s property. You may think of knocking or leave a note on your neighbour’s fence if garden maintenance is required on their property.
4. Blocking Light
Under the 1832 Prescription Act, the ancient right to light law means that you are not allowed to block any of the illuminations of a house that has been built for two decades or more in that place. Therefore, your plan of building a shed or planting a tree that obstructs the light to their window will be forbidden.
Your neighbour has the right to order of tearing down anything else in your garden that blocks the sunlight to their windows. Thus, it is important to think through about your garden building plan or may ask permission to your neighbour to avoid some severe trouble.
Noise and air pollution are two of the things that might cause you real trouble with your neighbours. Noise pollution may come from your friends and family who came over to visit you can produce too many decibels. Also, using mechanical garden equipment such as lawnmower, chainsaw, or even heating a hot tub may serve you a headache. Air pollution, on the other hand, is by burning some awful-smelling or have a barbecue or bonfire that is too smoky.
You may do some improvisations to lessen these kinds of pollution for you not to disturb your neighbours.
Your kids would not probably think that they can be subject to something like breaking someone’s privacy while jumping up and down on a trampoline, but they could be. This is a similar accusation like peeking into someone’s home while climbing a ladder to clean windows or trim a tree.
So if you are working above the height of your neighbours’ backyard fence, you should remember an individual’s valuable right to privacy.
Painting your neighbour’s fence is considered minor vandalism. Therefore, try to check the property deeds or land registry to make sure of your action.
Furthermore, attaching a washing line or a garden hose to your neighbour’s outside wall can cause you illegal incidents. To prevent that, always ask permission first before doing something that lies on your neighbours’ boundaries.