Team of gardeners lose battle with neighbour after demanding she chop down 32ft ...

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Homeowners lose battle against their neighbour after joining forces to demand she chop down 32ft hedge 'that stopped their plants growing' Fiona Galt was asked by her neighbours to reduce the height of the Laurel trees  Her four neighbours in Dundee said the undergrowth is suffering from 'neglect'  Dispute was examined by Dundee City Council who rejected their demands

By Rod Ardehali For Mailonline

Published: 11:36 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 11:55 GMT, 3 December 2019

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A team of homeowners who united to demand that their neighbour chop down her 32ft trees have lost their battle.

The four fed-up gardeners complained claimed the ten Laurel trees were stopping their plants from growing.

Ralph Foggie, Rachel Scott, Graeme Closs and Jane Taylor all asked Fiona Galt to take action to reduce the height of her trees that border their homes in Dundee.

They also claimed that the undergrowth was suffering 'neglect' and had stopped plants in their gardens reaching their full potential.

The picture above shows the trees from the various complainants gardens. They claim the undergrowth of the trees are suffering from 'neglect'

The picture above shows the trees from the various complainants gardens. They claim the undergrowth of the trees are suffering from 'neglect'

The dispute was examined by Dundee City Council under high hedge laws but they rejected demands that Mrs Galt axe the trees.

Mr Foggie, on behalf of the group, then appealed the council's decision to the Scottish Government who have now backed the initial decision that the trees should stay.

The row over the trees first emerged after a strip of land separating the houses was bought by Mrs Galt in 1995.

Mr Foggie said the previous owner had allowed cutting of the trees but that was halted when Mrs Galt purchased the ground.

He also claimed attempts at resolving the dispute had failed.

He wrote: 'It is important to point out that following the purchase of the strip of land in 1995 our neighbour visited me to inform me that previous permission to maintain the height of the Laurels was withdrawn.

The neighbours asked Fiona Galt to reduce the height of the trees that bored their homes in Dundee

The neighbours asked Fiona Galt to reduce the height of the trees that bored their homes in Dundee

'The whole area has since been totally neglected

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