Woman locked in 20-year battle with neighbour over ‘awful’ 50ft leylandii hedge admits defeat

It was a view so inspiring that it inspired a 1977 hit, but a woman has given up on seeing the spectacular vista from her home, after being locked in 20-year battle with her neighbour over a 50ft leylandii hedge.

Val Horton’s Bathampton bungalow used to overlook Solsbury Hill in Somerset, a location famously featured in a classic pop song by Peter Gabriel. But she has admitted defeat as the council said it cannot order her neighbour to chop them down because they don’t block out enough sunlight.

The Leylandii trees planted in 2001 by her neighbour Valerie Vivian have now blocked the…

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