‘Pettiest neighbours ever’ at war for 3 years with battle over overhanging tree

The 'pettiest neighbours ever' have been at war for three years – over a tree.

The long-standing row began when one side of a Fir Tree was chopped in half.

Bharat Mistry and his family were 'gutted' when his next door neighbours called in tree surgeons in summer 2021 to cut half the branches of the 16 foot tall Fir Tree that had stood on his Waterthorpe, Sheffield property for 25 years.

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The tree was chopped after a year of drama between Mr Mistry and his neighbours Graham and Irene Lee, both in their 70s, the Mail Online reports.

It began when Mr and Mrs Lee had complained birds in the tree were making too much noise and making a mess of the drive.

As a result, Mr Lee reportedly then hired a tree surgeon to cut half of the tree down.

But because of the unusual way that the tree had been cut it became a viral sensation online in 2021.

It was even turned into a tourist attraction by locals who would visit the street just to see the tree in the quiet cul-de-sac where houses sell for between £160,000 and £220,000.

One local woman said: "The tree used to be normal but then they had a disagreement.

"Which is why it was later cut down. I don't know what it was about, but they couldn't resolve it."

The tree remains cut in half, but it is not known if it has been trimmed again or if the branches have not grown back.

When the tree was first cut, Mr Mistry said: "We were absolutely distraught.

"We pleaded and pleaded with them not to do it, but their mind was made up.

"That tree was coming down. I believe he has the right to cut down anything that is overhanging onto his property.

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"But you have to ask, why after 25 years would you do that? It must have been no more than three feet onto his land.

"It is above head height, the bottom of the branches start at about eight feet high and we have cut off the branches lower down to be amiable with them.

"He can get his car on and off the drive with no issues.

"We had asked if we could get it trimmed back and put a net in it so it would stop birds getting in, but there was no compromise with them."

Mrs Lee said: "The birds weren't really the problem, the tree was blocking our driveway.

"What you can see at the moment is a third of what the tree was – we had two thirds of it hanging over on our side.

"We got it professionally trimmed, afterwards the tree surgeon told me 'you know it's going to grow back?'

"If that's the case then I'll cut it again, especially if it grows out too much.

"The neighbours may own the tree but if it overhangs on our property then we are legally allowed to trim it back."


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