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Tunbridge Wells gran’s fury after invasive bindweed completely takes over her garden

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A woman who lives with her 80-year-old mother in Tunbridge Wells is “desperate” for a housing association to take action because bindweed and brambles are invading her garden.

Angie Ryan, 60, from Laurel Road in Sherwood, said the vegetation creeps over her fence like a “huge blanket” from redundant land between her and next door’s home.

She tries every weekend to hack it back but it’s now “unbearable”, she told KentLive's sister paper the Kent and Sussex Courier.

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Her fence is starting to be pushed over and the bindweed is “strangling” flowers such as a clematis and a rose, the latter of which they planted in memory of her dad.

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Bindweed has pretty white flowers but it spreads and grows rapidly. It chokes anything growing in its path, eventually taking over a garden if left unchecked.

Angie is angry Hyde Group housing association has not dealt with the problem despite her “phoning and complaining” since June 3.

Tackling the invading greenery is hard for grandmother Angie who is only 5ft 4in.

A few days ago she fell off her wall and into the passage by her house as she tried to cut back the foliage.

Angie Ryan says she fell off her wall trying to hack away the weeds

“My mum came out and found me. She said ‘what have I told you about climbing when I am not around?’ I didn’t hurt myself, only my pride,” said Angie, who works at PKP Optics in Paddock Wood.

“I have no idea why they aren’t coming out. I think they see my number come up on the phone and ignore it. The bindweed comes up like a huge blanket – coming up and over.

“You can see it moving forward and forward. I do what I can to keep it tidy but I hope now we have taken things further, that we will see something done and have an end to this nightmare once and for all,” said Angie.

The land she calls “the void” is a strip between her garden fence and that of new homes. It has a gate which can’t be opened and it has become a “dumping ground” including for old sofas, said Angie.

Angie told us this morning that people had arrived to cut back the vegetation and added: "It's not been done to a satisfactory level, but for the time being it will mean I don't have to go out daily with my shears."

Hyde Group has been approached for comment.

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