My neighbours trees have always been a pain in the backside, but they are the original green type people.... and I really could imagine them saying "I always wanted to be a tree".
The problem in the past has been down to growth and blocking out line of site for my satellite system. However, I've become increasingly concerned at 2 trees in particular, that are quite recent additions and too close to my house for comfort!
One is a "holly tree". Particularly unpleasant - especially in the summer and the kids can't walk in bare feet on the decking or in the garden by the pool. It probably stands about 20 foot tall at the moment.
The second is a horse chesnut tree. Looking at photos in the garden from 6 years ago, the top of this tree, was just about the height of a 6' fence. It's now about 25' tall.... collosal growth and plenty more to come.
These 2 are only about 3 metres from my house. Roots and subsidence are a concern.
I've noticed near by the Rabbits hutch, we've not got a tree root appear - which has broken the surface and probably 3 inches in diameter. This one is running parallel with the house - so just a nuisance - but I'd imagine I have others aimed at the house!
Since it's on my side, am I allowed to stick a nice lump of copper into the offending root and kill it?
(As much as I'd love to simply ask them to remove the tree, I know the answer would be no - so much better to deal with the problem and them to just think "what a shame".