Homeowner wins battle over neighbour's 'jungle' 50ft hedges

Cluny Sheeler has won a legal battle over his neighbour's hedge, which he said was cutting out light to his garden

Cluny Sheeler has won a legal battle over his neighbour's hedge, which he said was cutting out light to his garden

A homeowner who labelled his neighbour's hedge a 'jungle' and insisted it ruined the garden of his £450,000 home has won a battle to have it chopped down.

Cluny Sheeler complained the 50ft hedges of his neighbours John and Karen Kay formed a 'dense barrier' keeping light from his garden in Prestonfield, Edinburgh.

He resorted to bringing a court case using high hedge laws after failing to reach an agreement with his neighbours over the hedge.

Officials from City of Edinburgh Council rejected Mr Sheeler's pleas and ruled the sycamore and hawthorn trees did not need to be cut down or reduced in size.

But Mr Sheeler has claimed victory after successfully appealing to the Scottish Government, who have ordered the hedge to be lopped.

Writing in April last year, Mr Sheeler wrote to the Kays: 'I was hoping to have a neighbourly conversation about the trees and ivy overgrowth in the back of your garden.

'I can see that the jungle I had assumed was all [another neighbour's] appears also to be part of your property.

'I thought it would make sense to tackle the rest of the jungle too. Please give me a call to discuss what can be done.'

He complained to Edinburgh council, and then the Scottish government, over this hedge

He complained to Edinburgh council, and then the Scottish government, over this hedge

Mr Sheeler said the bush was 'oppressive' and cut out the light to his own garden

Mr Sheeler said the bush was 'oppressive' and cut out the light to his own garden

But when the letter led to limited change, he resorted to legal action.

A second letter stated: 'The work that has been done is laughably inadequate and does nothing to rectify either the

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