Hi everyone, can anyone help with a situation? We bought a piece of land from a farmer with a projecto (permission for a house to be built) twelve years ago and built the house. He still owns land on one side. I planted some special poplar and willow trees that can be coppiced and make very good hedges. It wasn't long before he informed me in no uncertain manner (he knows I don't speak very much Italian) that I was breaking the law and that he would take it further if i didn't cut them all down and have the roots dug up. I did this and now probably two years later he called me over and said that my side of my fence the weeds? I guess he just said "herbs" were interfering with his land (propertia) and that it should be clear three meters from fence line.(the fence line is over eighty meters) Or he would report me! I cleared the area of weeds and a few of the trees that i guess had self seeded but very small.I really do not know what he means. He is a most disagreeable person. I do not wish to fall out with anyone especially as I am not there very often but on the other hand do not wish to bow to his ways and would welcome any information that anyone has to offer. These trees/bushes I planted come as a 12" stick that one just inserts into the ground. Relatives in Italy say that these are not allowed in Italy but from my small experience if it is not something Italians are familiar then it is not good or right. A little blinkered of new things. These trees are amazing and can give a great crop of fire wood. In The UK as far as I know we can grow almost anything on our fence line legally. Although we hopefully would respect our neighbour and also consider the future of what we have planted. In Italy I think there maybe a rule that you cannot grow anything within three meters of a farmers land, that will have roots that could have an effect on the crop but weeds! I do not understand, but a warning to others. Be careful. Look forward to any replies. Cheers.