My moaning neighbours want me to cut down my dead grandpa’s apple tree – it’s in MY garden, they want to call lawyers

MANY people have a keepsake item from close family that have died – be it old photographs, jewellery, or a sentimental object.

One Reddit user explained how they had an apple tree to remember their grandad, but an angry new neighbour had been campaigning for it to be chopped down.

Unsurprisingly the grieving family member was distressed by their neighbour’s complaints, and also baffled as the apple tree wasn’t even in their garden.

On the post they explained: "I live in my late grandparents' home, I've spent the last few years modernising it and making it fit my style there is one thing I've not touched however and that is the apple tree in the back garden. 

“My grandparents planted it on the day they moved into the house and it came from my Grandfathers family orchard as a sapling, a way of bringing a bit of his family with them.

"I love the tree and some of my favourite memories as a child are picking fruit from it or climbing it when I was little.

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"New neighbours recently moved in next door and they keep complaining about the tree wanting it cut down as it is casting shade into their garden where they want to put a hot tub. 

“None of the tree overhangs onto their property at all it just sadly cuts off light in that one specific area I've apologised but told them I won't be cutting it down and suggested they put their hot tub somewhere else in the garden as it's a big space. 

“I'd even planned to try and smooth things over when it grows fruit this year by bringing them a bag of fresh apples.”

The Reddit user said the neighbour’s husband has even threatened to get lawyers involved.

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They added: “I'll admit that p***ed me off and killed any goodwill I had towards them or desire to smooth things over, I've told them to do whatever the f**k they want but warned them I've got a camera in my back garden so if they mess with my tree I'll know."

The poster said the tree has "sentimental value" but they know it may be silly to get upset about the neighbour’s request. 

They asked for the opinion of fellow Reddit users and over 2,000 people commented.

One said: "That is a part of your property that you love and cherish. AND they knew the tree was there when they moved in so clearly it wasn’t a deal-breaker for them. 

“You can’t always be a people pleaser. Protect your peace and protect your tree!"

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Another added: "They knew it was there when they bought the house."

A third commented: "I'd watch out for these people. 

“It takes pushy people to move into a neighbourhood and go to the house of someone who has lived there for years and demand that person cut down an apple tree grown from a family orchard."

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