Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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ONE set of laws which would have widespread approval if they came to fruition are proposed controls on the planting of leylandii and other fastgrowing hedges close to garden boundaries. At present there is no specific law against planting nuisance hedges.

What may surprise those living in the shadows of their neighbour's conifers, however, is the fact that it is illegal in many places to cut them down. Dr Anthony Fogarty of Norwich thought he was doing the neighbourhood a favour last year when he took a chainsaw to his leylandii. What he didn't expect was a L500 fine `for aiding and abetting the removal of a tree'.

Dr Fogarty's problem was that he lived in a conservation area - a designation which has taken over from listed-building status as the heritage police's favourite weapon. Under the rules, chopping down or performing surgery on any tree requires you to give six weeks' notice to the local authority. …

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