tree trunks and fencing

15 Dec 2003
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United Kingdom
We have a shared responsibility over boundary fence with next door. From the bottom of the garden, it mixture of materials - bricked 5ft hight wall, several tree hedge on next door's side of garden where our side has wire fence, and then our wooden slat fence, followed by a 6ft wide door to her garden (right behind our cottage is her garden and she has ROW on foot through our drive). She is going to chop off all hedge (about 6ft in line) this week. She told us that 2/3 of the none brick boundary belong to us and to replace our fence with all the same material, so that boundary fence will look a bit uniformed. She said she will pay half of the cost, but presumably we will be organizing the work.

Problem is some of her hedge has grown inbetween the boundary and some stumps need to be removed when she anchor the post for the fence(I guess). Is it a hard job? Is there anything we can do now to make the roots out easier? Also hedges will leave their stumps in our side of garden which we do not want. Fencing will be done in next spring.

And another thing. If not all of fences are ours, should nice sides face the next door? Currently, all fence face nice(?) sides to ours and the door opens up towards our drive-which we would like to change to inwards and with a smaller door. Any idea?
To avoid this diremma, we looked into some wooden fence design but as far as we can find 'shadowbox' fence is the only 'both side look the same'. This design also has a problem because our side of the fence is almost permanently shady and is on the narrow pass to our garden. Next door's common ivy creep up only on our side and cover everything.

We are not confident nor experienced DIYers. :oops: Can anyone help us?
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