A video has been circulating on social media showing a heated argument between two farmers and their neighbour over hedge trimmings. The incident occurred on April 9th on a 200-acre farm in Norfolk, England owned by Rosie Howes and her partner Scott Brame. According to reports, the neighbour allegedly dumped his hedge trimmings on their land, prompting the couple to take matters into their own hands.
In the video, which was shared on TikTok, Rosie and Scott can be seen using their tractor to collect large piles of hedge trimmings and throwing them back over the fence onto their neighbour’s property. The neighbour, who lives in a £1million farmhouse, approaches the couple while an on-screen caption reads: “Clearing up the nice neighbour’s hedge after it was dumped on our side without permission.” The man appears to be complaining but can barely be heard over the noise of the machinery, so Scott cuts him off and Rosie yells: “You dumped it here.”
The neighbour responds by saying that every year the couple leaves the hedge a mess and they have no right to do that. Scott argues that the neighbour has no right to dump it on their side, to which the neighbour responds by saying that the couple has never helped with the hedge. Scott asks him to repeat what he said and then exclaims: “This is your hedge mate.” The neighbour gives in with a quiet “I know”, to which Scott asks: “So what the f*** are you doing cutting it and dumping it on this side?” The man then says: “You don’t give a monkey’s. You never cut that side there.”
Scott reasons: “Why should I? It’s your hedge,” before the neighbour claims: “It’s not, it’s your grass you leave all that weed.” “I’ll leave what I f***ing want,” Scott bites back. “You’re such a rude f***ing person,” the neighbour retaliates seconds before Scott replies: “Am I really? What the f*** are you gonna do about it?” The row gets fiercer when the neighbour retorts: “What are you gonna do about it?”, and Scott blasts: “F***ing more than you, you f***ing four-eyed c***.” The neighbour then says: “Right, well I can put it back if necessary.”
Rosie intervenes, insisting they will keep dumping trimmings onto his land, and he can call the police if he wants to. The neighbour begins to storm off, shouting: “Oh p*** off, you nasty piece of work,” before Rosie replies: “No, we’re not nasty pieces of work.” The man then launches a final bizarre insult, saying: “You’re a miserable stinking person,” before adding “Yes, f*** off.”
The video has since gone viral, with over 14,000 likes and 1,800 comments from users who were divided over Rosie’s approach. While some users believed that the couple had every right to return the hedge trimmings to their neighbour’s property, others felt that they were in the wrong for their foul language and aggressive behaviour.
Speaking after the clip went viral, Rosie said: “The hedge was planted a long time ago. It’s on his side of the fence. He had the cheek to leave his cuttings outside of that. The relationship with this neighbour has always been mutual until this. His reaction was funny to me. I haven’t seen him since the incident.”
Scott added: “I don’t usually make a fuss, but I had a short fuse that day because we had been busy lambing. We had literally nearly finished lambing and I had been doing 18-hour days, so he got it with both barrels. I’m not normally like that. It was just the heat of the situation. We didn’t expect it to take off like it did.”
The neighbour did not respond to requests for comment on the incident.