City Council Reprimands Man for Being Too Tidy a Gardener

Brian Hubbard, a 72-year-old man from Herefordshire, England, got into trouble with his city's council because ... his garden is too tidy!

A dedicated gardener has been banned from trimming the grass outside his house - because it is TOO tidy.

Brian Hubbard, 72, has been mowing, weeding and edging the verge outside his home for the past eight years.

But now Herefordshire Council have ordered him to stop because he is encroaching on council-owned grass. The letter ordered the removal of garden tools and furnishings, path and bed covering material, and all vegetation not in keeping with the surrounding area. It warned if there was still a problem after that period, works would be carried out and re-charged to him.

Mr Hubbard branded the council's warning as absurd. 'The council said it sent me this letter after noticing that my grass verge was tidier than the other ones on the street' he said.

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Verges and footpaths, eh?

Looks like this is in front of the dude's house. If he's making it appear that there is no path there anymore, people may not feel as if they can walk over the public path.
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Too tidy? What about "because he is encroaching on council-owned grass" Sound to me like he is working on parts of the lawn that are not his own. Too tidy has nothing to do with it other than a news reporter trying to invent controvery...
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