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Lincolnshire Council: Don't force 89 yr old resident to cut ancient yew hedge

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Mr Roy Dowson, 89, of Burton, Lincolnshire, has been ordered to trim his historic hedge because it overhangs a pavement.

He has been ordered to cut it back by 24th February in response to complaints made to Lincolnshire County Council that residents cannot walk along the pavement.

Mr Dowson has the support of many local residents, including members of the parish council

Mr Dowson said: 'The council have ordered me to cut the hedge back to 2ft, level with the wall and if I do that it will absolutely wreck it.

'I've been at the property for 40 years and the hedge was planted in 1880 as part of the Burton estate.

'I have the hedge trimmed every year and I think they're making a mountain out of a molehill.

'I think they have gone a bit too far making us cut it back all the way to the wall. It only over hangs the footpath by a matter of inches and if someone my age can walk by it without a problem then I don't see what the fuss is.

'I've been here 40 years and never had a problem and somebody else lived here 40 years before me without an issue. We don't know who complained because it was anonymous but it is just health and safety gone mad.

'I pay contractors to trim it every year and keep it nice and tidy and it is an important part of the village's history. I don't want it to be trimmed back but I have no choice as they have given me a court order.

'If I don't cut it back then they will come and do it themselves and give me the bill. It will cost me thousands of pounds to pay somebody to cut it back to the wall because it is 100 metres long. It will be ruined being cut back that far and I don't even know if it will ever grow back the same again.

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