A BEXHILL resident who lives adjacent to Broadoak Park is climbing the trees after hedges bordering her property were cut down , exposing a wire fence and causing a disturbance to wildlife.
Shirley Hazelden lives at Broad Oak Coppice, a retirement scheme for the over 55s living independently on the edge of Broadoak Park, owned by the Anchor housing group.
Until recently she’d enjoyed the privacy afforded by high hedges bordering the property. She was shocked when a Rother District Council (RDC) parks and leisure officer arrived and lopped trees and hedges to the ground.
Shirley said: “They’ve gone rather over the top and cut back about nine feet - cut it right to the ground - and the hedge is now nonexistent. It looks ghastly! People can now see into our grounds and by exposing the wire fence it’s now like living in a prison.
“I thought we were supposed to be protecting the park and wildlife. It’s absolutely dreadful.”
Shirley believes the hedges were cut down after other residents complained. She said: “This is the town’s country park. If people don’t like trees, bushes and wildlife, then don’t live here.”
A spokesperson for RDC said the council received a request by the estate manager of Broad Oak Coppice to tidy up the area and trim back overhanging branches trees and shrubs, which it did.
Anchor district manager, Christine Schenck confirmed RDC was asked to carry out the work. “The estate manager contacted the council because the hedges were not allowing natural light into our properties due to overgrowth from the council parkland.
“Our customers requested that the council trim back the hedges. We worked alongside Natural England and obtained a licence for the overgrowth to be trimmed.”