Effects wrote: »
Doubt you can use a laser measure for the top of a swaying tree to be honest.
Isn't there some way to do it with a 45 degree square and some maths, as you suggested?
The past couple of years I've just used a drone, with built in GPS, and level it with the tops of the trees to get a reading.
GreeBo wrote: »
The only foolproof way is to drop the tree and stick a tape on it.
The Continental Op wrote: »
I used to work in tree surgery. People don't have a clue about the height of trees. I can vividly remember one job where we went out looking for 100ft high poplar trees which after a massive search and giving up the first time turned out to be about 12 ft tall pollarded stumps. We had the address of the house to go to but strict instructions not to call at the house as the owner was in bed recovering from an operation.
My wife said to me only yesterday our Guinea Fowl had flown 60ft up into a tree - none of our trees are over 30ft.
Doctors room ghost wrote: »
Do you not find the guineas awful noisy fcukers around the place
Wake me up when it's all over.
The Continental Op wrote: »
Compared to my wife the noise is very soothing
We love them because they are such a great fox warning and deterrent. I've watched them all attack a fox (all bluff but it works) and the fox run off.
Doctors room ghost wrote: »
What sort of fowl do ye keep.
Your completely wrong!
On a cold week in winter when snow and ice are in my garden it lingers as opposed to neighbouring land it all goes because that gets sunlight.
My home is fully insulated etc.
I recently approached the owner and he's not well in the head. He's completely out to piss me off. I even offered him full market value to purchase his site for cash he declined the offer.
Does anyone know have we not got a right to light?
Offer to buy the trees :D
No right to light, and you are seriously misguided if you think chopping down a few trees is going to bump the temperature in any significant manner. Better off looking at upgrading your heating and redoing your insulation.
Install a massive mirror wall on the other side of your property to the trees.
If the house is well insulated, the sun isn't going to heat the inside of it one iota in winter, given insulation works both ways, but that's beside the point that the sun doesn't heat irish houses in winter. What next, the need for people to apply sunscreen before going outside on a sunny day in December?
It does though, thats why we put windows south facing rather than north facing, solar gain.
Lol. I have a sun room with south and west facing windows, and I close it off from the rest of the house in winter and the temperature in there is around the same as the inside of my fridge. In winter, you would need to stand outside in the sun for 36 hours near naked, to make the daily recommended amount of vitamin D.
I think you should try and buy the property and cut down the trees and sell the property, but first check that you don't need permission to cut them down as it may be a planning requirement they are retained.
are you comparing a sun room to a normal room? i suspect Greebo is not talking about a sun room. in our house, it's quite obvious the difference between the east facing room and the west facing room - pretty similar in size and insulation - on a sunny winter morning.
Are the roots of the leylandii impacting your boundary walls or foundation?
A sun room has no insulation or thermal mass so any solar gain is immediately lost.
A south facing room is warmer than a north facing room in winter, because of solar gain. If there is no sun hitting the room due to trees then the OP is losing out on this.
I was looking at something similar and came across this link - https://www.treecouncil.ie/trees-and-the-law
My neighbour’s tree/hedge is far too high – what can I do?
There are no height limits for either hedges or trees and there is no legislation currently available in the Republic of Ireland to enforce a height restriction.
There is the opinion to seek a works order under Section 45, Land Conveyancing, Law Reform Act 2009, to reduce the height of the trees.
A tree outside my house blocks the light in my garden,
do I have a right to light?
Right to light is a specific and complex legal matter and you should seek independent advice on this.
A right to light exists only if the owner of a house can satisfy a court that he or she has enjoyed the uninterrupted use of that light for a period of greater than 20 years, before any legal action is brought about the light. This, however, only applies to the windows of a property and not to a garden.
But there won't be no sun hitting the house because of the trees; the trees are only 40 feet high, and they are 50 feet away. And presumably they don't fill the entire southern horizon from east to west. So they'll only cast a shadow on the house when the sun is (a) low in the sky, and (b) in a certain quarter. And even then they'll only block direct sunlight; there'll still be diffuse sunlight reaching the house.
So, they could block out some of the solar gain that the house might otherwise experience, but probably not very much. Without knowing the orientation of the house, the size and density of the stand of trees, the quality of the insulation, etc, it's really not possible to quantify this, but it's very unlikely that the trees are responsible for more than a tiny fraction of his huge heating bills. It could be nil; if the stand of trees is big enough their positive effect in sheltering the house from wind may exceed their negative effect in blocking direct sunlight.
Yeah, so they block out the sun i.e. cast the house in shadow, during winter, which is when you most want solar gain due to it being cold?
If you think there isnt "very much" difference between being in the direct sun and being in the shade then this has been a wasted conversation on my part!
The trees may block some southerly winds from hitting the house, but a) these wont be that cold and b) unless the OP is in the habit of keeping his windows open while at the same time complaining about a cold house, I dont think the wind on the exterior is an issue.
We're not told how much shadow the trees cast on the house, or for how long, or at what time of they day. We don't even know whether the trees are north, south, east or west of the house. And of course solar gain is at it's lowest in the winter; whatever adverse impact the trees are having will also be lowest then.
But I do note that the OP tells us that on a frosty day ice in his garden lingers in the shadow of the tree; he makes no similar claim about ice or frost on the walls, windows or roof of his house, which makes me think that either (a) the shadows don't reach his house, or (b) ice/frost doesn't form on it. And (b) would suggest that he needs to look at his insulation.
Hypothetical thought but what if someone had solar panels & they became blocked by a neighbour's tree ?
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