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Battle of the boundary hedge: Moment homeowner shoves neighbour using a CHAINSAW to cut huge bush between their properties in long-running feud over who owns the ‘ugly’ vegetation

This is the shocking moment a homeowner shoves his neighbour who is using a chainsaw to cut down the huge hedge between their two properties – amid a long-running feud over who owns the giant stretch of bush.

Carole Davison, 65, who has lived on Ridge Park in Plymouth for 33-years with her husband Clarke, 68, has been involved in the ongoing squabble over the boundary hedge for months.

The defiant Davisons have refused to take down the hedge, which they claim has been standing for more than 50 years and is home to nesting birds, despite the next-door residents’ pleas to axe the ‘ugly’ hedge allegedly blocking access to their driveways.

Taking matters into their own hands three infuriated neighbours joined forces to remove the hedge on Sunday evening, resulting in a scuffle and a 999 call to police after Mr Davison shoved his chainsaw-wielding neighbour in what was branded as an ‘absolutely foolishly dangerous’ move.

Retired NHS nurse Mrs Davison told MailOnline: ‘We were in the back garden and heard the chainsaw start, then we heard the chopping of trees and then we realised what was happening.

One for special branch: Police were called after the bitter hedge row turned physical when the Davisons tried to take a chainsaw off their neighbour Steve Turner

One for special branch: Police were called after the bitter hedge row turned physical when the Davisons tried to take a chainsaw off their neighbour Steve Turner 

Privet property: A photograph of the hedge, which the Davisons claim is 50 years old, before it was chopped down with chainsaws

Privet property: A photograph of the hedge, which the Davisons claim is 50 years old, before it was chopped down with chainsaws 

Gone... but not forgotten: A photograph of the hedge after it was chopped down on Sunday evening by infuriated neighbours

Gone… but not forgotten: A photograph of the hedge after it was chopped down on Sunday evening by infuriated neighbours 

Steve Turner, 60, was seen in the video using a chainsaw to chop down the hedge as he is shoved by Mr Davison

Steve Turner, 60, was seen in the video using a chainsaw to chop down the hedge as he is shoved by Mr Davison 

‘We called the police on 999 as they also trespassed on our property in order to pull it down.’

‘The police were not hugely sympathetic,’ she said adding that the PCSO ‘took the line that it was the neighbour’s hedge, and she could do what she liked with it.

‘But when the sergeant arrived it was disputed and they said it was a boundary hedge.’

The Davisons, who have four grandchildren, believe the hedge lies on a boundary line but the woman living in the house adjacent, who did not want to be named, claims that according to the Land Registry the hedge lies on her property.

Video footage of the row shows Mrs Davison trying to grab the chainsaw from her neighbour Steve Turner, 60, before he ‘bum bump(s)’ her away.

The push caused Mr Davison, who worked in the Navy and as an engineer at the British Aerospace before retiring, to ‘fly off the handle’ and charge towards Mr Turner, shoving him as the chainsaw continues to whirr away.

Another unnamed female neighbour is then heard saying ‘I’ll call 999’ while Mrs Davison tugs away her husband, shouting ‘stop’ over the blaring noise from the garden tool.

Mr Turner, 60, insists the hedge was on land owned by his other neighbour and when it became so overgrown, he couldn’t drive to his home he got her permission to remove it and replace it with a fence.

He told MailOnline: ‘The issue has been ongoing for a while, our drive goes across their land and when the hedge grows we can’t get up.

‘They have been making it more and more difficult for us to get in by parking their cars further out and putting stones at the edges. I was scraping my wing mirror all the way up which isn’t fair.

Mr Turner along with two other neighbours tried to chop down the hedge on Sunday evening, according to Mrs Davison

Mr Turner along with two other neighbours tried to chop down the hedge on Sunday evening, according to Mrs Davison 

Mrs Davison tries to grab the chainsaw off Mr Turner

Mrs Davison is then pushed by Mr Turner as he continues to chop the hedge

Mrs Davison tries to grab the chainsaw off Mr Turner before being pushed by Mr Turner who continues to chop the fence 

Mr Davison is then seen shoving Mr Turner as he holds a chainsaw

Mr Davison is then seen shoving Mr Turner as he holds a chainsaw

Mr Davison is then seen shoving Mr Turner as he holds a chainsaw

‘I asked my neighbour if I could cut the hedge from her side but when I was doing it Carole came in and tried to pull the chainsaw from my hands, I bum bumped her and her husband flew off the handle and ran down the drive and full on pushed me which could’ve injured anybody then it just blew up out of all proportions.

‘It was absolutely foolishly dangerous and it’s lucky none of us was seriously hurt. It’s so dangerous.’

He added: ‘A PCSO turned up and they were abusing him, saying you’re not a real copper. They demanded she call her Sergeant but he turned up and sided with us but asked if we could stop until a survey is completed.

‘I don’t want to press charges, we don’t want this hassle on our doorstep. They say it’s their hedge but they have never maintained it and it’s clearly over next door’s boundary.’

Mrs Davison said both men were given a caution by police.  

The ultimate hedge row: Carole and Clarke Davison at war with neigbour Steve Turner

The ultimate hedge row: Carole and Clarke Davison at war with neigbour Steve Turner

Things are not looking up: Carole and Clarke Davison are still locked in bitter boundary war

Things are not looking up: Carole and Clarke Davison are still locked in bitter boundary war

Police were called after the bitter hedge row turned physical

Police were called after the bitter hedge row turned physical 

Another neighbour – who says Land Registry documents indicate the hedge is on her side of the boundary – said: ‘He cut it down with my permission. Everybody just wants access to their home.

‘I’m staying out of it and we are waiting for a boundary surveyor. But even if it did turn out to be theirs you still have to have right of access and be able to get emergency vehicles up there – the hedge was blocking that.’

The neighbours now have to wait until Wednesday the Land Registry survey is done on Wednesday to find out who is the rightful owner of the bush.

Speaking after the argument, Mrs Davison, who said the incident has ‘devastated’ her and left feeling ‘anxious’, insisted that her warring neighbours cannot ‘take the law into their own hands’.

She said: ‘We live on a quiet residential street in Plymouth – well it was up until this happened. It’s sent everyone into shock. I feel anxious all the time because I’m not sure what’s going to happen next.’

‘We are just a couple of retired pensioners, we don’t want this hassle, we just want to quietly live in this house,’ she added.

‘We have had no trouble with other neighbours. We have lived here 33 years and we have never fallen out.’

Hedge rows between neighbours are not uncommon. Val Horton was locked in a 20-year battle with her neighbour after a 50ft leylandii hedge blocked her bungalows view over Solsbury Hill in Somerset.

But last year, the retired civil servant admitted defeat after the council said it cannot order her neighbour to chop them down because they don’t block out enough sunlight. 

Ker Hamilton, however, was successful in his battle against his neighbour’s 40ft hedge which he said left him unable to grow plants. 

He insisted the trees belonging to Willian Buchan in Balgowan, Perthshire had made his life a misery. 

He said the trees blocked sunlight to his £330,000 detached property and had a ‘major’ impact on his children playing in the garden after school. 

Officials ruled in his favour and ordered two spruce trees be completely removed while 15 cypress trees were to be reduced in height. 

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Living in a surfer’s paradise! Chic townhouse with incredible floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking beach in Cornwall goes on the market for £2.75million

A chic townhouse with breathtaking views over a surfer’s paradise has gone on the market for £2.75m.

Gwel Tresla has incredible floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the surf mecca of Polzeath, Cornwall, and even has a sky hammock to take full advantage of the panoramic views.

The five-bedroom home is one of three striking contemporary townhouses completed in 2020 with high specifications and smart technology throughout and has been a successful holiday let with Latitude 50.

The property is arranged over four storeys with reversed living accommodation to make the most of its incredible beachfront and west-facing position, which means the owners will get to enjoy spectacular sunsets.

It has 2,863 sq ft of accommodation with the entrance lobby and a double bedroom with en suite on the ground floor, and four bedrooms and four bathrooms on the first floor.

Gwel Tresla in Polzeath, Cornwall is on the housing market for £2.75million

Gwel Tresla in Polzeath, Cornwall is on the housing market for £2.75million

The property is located in the small seaside resort village overlooking the beach that is popular with surfers

The property is located in the small seaside resort village overlooking the beach that is popular with surfers

The property is arranged over four storeys with reversed living accommodation to make the most of its incredible beachfront and west-facing position

The property is arranged over four storeys with reversed living accommodation to make the most of its incredible beachfront and west-facing position

On the second floor there is an impressive open plan living space with a kitchen/dining area

On the second floor there is an impressive open plan living space with a kitchen/dining area

The kitchen has a breakfast bar where the owners can enjoy a meal as daylight shines in through the floor-to-ceiling windows

The kitchen has a breakfast bar where the owners can enjoy a meal as daylight shines in through the floor-to-ceiling windows

There is a built-in-bar on the other side of the kitchen which is perfect when hosting guests

There is a built-in-bar on the other side of the kitchen which is perfect when hosting guests

On the second floor there is an impressive open plan living space with a kitchen/dining area with built-in bar at one end and a living area with a vaulted ceiling and a sea-facing balcony at the other.

The top floor has another living area/TV room with the sky hammock looking out over the beach and a bathroom. There is also a large covered terrace with built-in outdoor kitchen and barbecue.

Outside there is secure underground parking for two cars, a lockable surf and equipment store and outdoor hot and cold showers.

The house is just 25 yards from Polzeath Beach, a popular holiday spot with safe bathing and surfing and a vast expanse of beach.

Polzeath is close to the other popular resorts of Rock and Padstow and has a number of excellent restaurants and pubs nearby, great watersports opportunities and walking and golf.

The reversed living accommodation allows the owners to enjoy beautiful sunsets from the living room

The reversed living accommodation allows the owners to enjoy beautiful sunsets from the living room

The top floor has another living area that leads out onto a large covered terrace

The top floor has another living area that leads out onto a large covered terrace

There is a sky hammock on the top floor looking out over the beach

There is a sky hammock on the top floor looking out over the beach

The covered terrace has built-in outdoor kitchen, barbecue and seating

The covered terrace has built-in outdoor kitchen, barbecue and seating

Josephine Ashby from John Bray Estates said: ‘This striking architectural design, by Studio Arc Architects, delivers on all fronts, with breath-taking coastal views from all the principal rooms, and high specifications and smart technology throughout.

‘Completed in 2020, Gwel Trelsa is the dream beachfront property, offering comfortable and spacious accommodation that seamlessly blends comfort and luxury, resulting in a highly desirable family home or holiday home.

‘Situated in a prime frontline position at Polzeath, Gwel Trelsa commands front line views across the beach and over the surrounding coastline.’

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The 11 things that make your garden look tacky, revealed by a top expert – including the flower colour that just screams cheap

A well-maintained garden may be a relaxing retreat – but it can also boost the kerb appeal and even the value of your home.

But, if done the wrong way, efforts to enhance your outside space can leave it looking cheap.

From choosing the wrong plant pots to – counterintuitively – being too tidy, the Mail’s gardening editor looks at the 11 common errors that can cheapen your garden, rather than helping it thrive. 

When tidy is too tidy

Many of us were brought up with strict ideas about well-kept gardens, with lawns neatly mown and weeds all pulled up. But that is no longer the prevailing aesthetic.

Letting go a little and being slightly untidy can lead to a more expensive looking haven. And leaving self-sown plants in summer and seed heads over winter will make your garden look more expensively abundant. Phew!

Wildflower beds with self-sown plants are now the prevailing aesthetic

Wildflower beds with self-sown plants are now the prevailing aesthetic 

Yellow’s not mellow

Don’t get me wrong, I have a soft spot for bright yellow flowers such as daffodils and sunflowers. But such garish flowers must be used in the right context.

Expansive garden beds the colour of a hi-vis vest? It’s a no. Yellow is difficult to match with other colours and should be used sparingly.

The perils of artificial grass

The quickest way to make your garden look cheap is to lay artificial turf. Used widely in sporting venues, fake grass became popular because it doesn’t need to be mowed or watered so is seen as low-maintenance and hard-wearing. But it almost always looks naff.

Plus, the disadvantages far outweigh the benefits. It is ruinous for wildlife and adds to global warming by absorbing more radiation than living grass, which acts as a carbon sink. Natural lawns allow rainwater to be soaked up, whereas artificial grass can cause run-off after heavy rainfall leading to flooding.

In hot weather, it can reach dangerous temperatures, especially for pets who might burn their paws. Plus, it only has a lifespan of ten to 20 years, after which time it is difficult to recycle.

 Soulless bare fences

Fences without greenery can make your garden look boxy and cheap. There are plenty of easy climbers you can plant to soften the feel and make your garden look more high-end.

Star Jasmine is a lovely evergreen with pretty white flowers, while climbing hydrangea is good for a shady corner.

If you want privacy, remember evergreen hedges can’t be more than 2m high, according to the High Hedges Act. Instead try planting deciduous silver birch trees with attractive white trunks and green foliage in summer when you are out in the garden.

Don’t settle for plastic furniture

Moulded plastic chairs are unsightly and should be avoided at all costs. Plus, they’re uncomfortable and topple if you lean too far back, or slice into any bare flesh unfortunate enough to touch the seat.

If your budget won’t stretch to buying new wood, rattan or metal alternatives, search local online groups to see if anyone has second hand deck chairs or outdoor dining sets on offer.

If you are willing to buy something preloved and weathered, it can often cost less but look more expensive.

Thin borders, a thing of the past

Narrow flower beds around the edge of a rectangular lawn used to be thought of as the ideal garden design, but these days it just looks scrimping.

Borders should be at least a metre deep to allow for multi-layered planting. Don’t just put them around the perimeter of your garden. Flower beds used to divide up a space add a touch of mystery and look much classier.

Gadgets and gazebos

Barbecues, fire pits, corner sofas, gazebos, over-sized paddling pools – its easy for your outdoor space to become cluttered with so many garden gadgets you can’t move around without tripping over them.

Decide what you really need and use often, then recycle the rest. Or store them away neatly in the shed until you want to use them.

Plastic plant pot horror

It is tricky to keep plants looking good in plastic containers, even the ones that attempt to imitate terracotta.

As well as the lack of sustainability, the trouble with plastic is that unlike materials such as wood and stone, it provides no protection for plants against drying out in summer and freezing in winter, and it is not breathable.

If you do have plastic pots, reuse them for propagating and save your best non-plastic containers for display purposes.

Paving the way to disaster  

Every gardener needs somewhere to sit, but this shouldn’t come at the expense of losing too much of your lawn.

Ideally there should be a ratio of at least two-thirds planting and grass to one-third hard surface. If you are putting in a new patio, consider leaving gaps between the pavers for low plants such as creeping thyme and Mind-Your-Own-Business which will also help with drainage. 

If you want to park your car in your front garden, choose a permeable surface with planting around the edges.

Fly-away greenhouses

I must confess I own one of these mini shelving units covered in a zip-up, see-through plastic smock. But after it fell over outside one too many times in windy weather, despite being tied to the wall, I have brought it in to our lean-to where I now use it as a propagating unit. A pile of overturned seed trays and spilled soil does nothing to add to kerb appeal.

Do away with dead pot plants 

Well-tended container planting can add a cheerful welcome to a garden or balcony, but there is little as off-putting as being greeted by a collection of unidentifiable shrivelled dead plants in pots.

Avoid this by doing your research and choosing plants you love which will encourage you to water and feed them regularly. Having a water butt nearby makes this task much easier.

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Assessing Property Size: What Square Footage Can You Get With The Average UK House Price In Your Area?

Assessing Property Size In The UK

In the United Kingdom, there is a prevailing tendency to gauge the size of residences based on the number of bedrooms rather than square footage. In fact, research indicates that three out of five individuals are unaware of the square footage of their property.

However, a comprehensive analysis conducted by Savills reveals significant variations in property sizes throughout the country. For instance, with the average property price standing at £340,837, this amount would typically afford a studio flat spanning 551 square feet in London, according to the prominent estate agency.

Conversely, in the North East region, the same sum would secure a spacious five-bedroom house measuring 1,955 square feet, nearly four times the size of a comparable property in London.

Best value: Heading to the North East of England is where buyers will get the most from their money

In Scotland, the median house price equates to a sizable investment capable of procuring a generous four-bedroom residence spanning 1,743 square feet. Conversely, in Wales, Yorkshire & The Humber, and the North West, this sum affords a slightly smaller four-bedroom dwelling of approximately 1,500 square feet, while in the East and West Midlands, it accommodates a 1,300 square foot home. In stark contrast, within the South West, £340,837 secures a modest 1,000 square foot property, and in the East, an even more confined 928 square feet.

London presents the most challenging market, where this budget offers the least purchasing power. Following closely, the South East allows for 825 square feet of space or a medium-sized two-bedroom dwelling. Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills, emphasizes the profound disparity in purchasing potential across Britain, ranging from compact studio flats in London to spacious four or five-bedroom residences in parts of North East England.

While square footage serves as a critical metric, with a significant portion of Britons unfamiliar with their property’s dimensions, the number of bedrooms remains a traditional indicator of size. Personal preferences, such as a preference for larger kitchens, may influence property selection. For those prioritizing ample space, Easington, County Durham, offers a substantial 2,858 square foot, five-bedroom home, while Rhondda, Wales, and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scotland, provide 2,625 and 2,551 square feet, respectively. Conversely, in St Albans, Hertfordshire, £340,837 secures a mere 547 square feet, equivalent to a one-bedroom flat.

The disparity continues in central London, where purchasing power diminishes considerably. In Kensington, the budget accommodates a mere 220 square feet, contrasting with the slightly more spacious 236 square feet in Westminster. Conversely, in Dagenham, the same investment translates to 770 square feet. Three properties currently listed on Rightmove exemplify the diversity within this price range across the UK market.

South of the river: This semi-detached house is located near to three different train stations

South of the river: This semi-detached house is located near to three different train stations

2. Lewisham: One-bed house, £345,000

This one-bedroom property in Lewisham, South London, is on the market for £345,000.

The semi-detached house is set over two floors, and has a private patio.

The property is located near to bus links and amenities, as well as Catford train station.

Edinburgh fringe: This three-bed property is located on the edge of the city, near to the town of Musselburgh

Edinburgh fringe: This three-bed property is located on the edge of the city, near to the town of Musselburgh

3. Edinburgh: Three-bed house, £350,000

This three-bedroom detached house in Edinburgh could be yours for £350,000.

The house, which has a two-car driveway, boasts a large kitchen diner, and is within easy reach of Newcriaghall train station.


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