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    • BBH123
    • By BBH123 11th Jan 19, 2:22 PM
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    Disgusing an ugly pole help please
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    • 11th Jan 19, 2:22 PM
    Disgusing an ugly pole help please 11th Jan 19 at 2:22 PM
    Hello All


    I got home yesterday to find lovely BT had put a telegraph pole right at the side of my drive entrance. Suffice to say its positioning is awful and intrusive and I would like to disguise it by planting a climbing evergreen up it.


    Any suggestions on quick growing foliage that will ' stick' to the pole and cover it.
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    • molerat
    • By molerat 11th Jan 19, 3:50 PM
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    You cannot grow something up their pole, they will chop it down or spray it.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Jan 19, 7:03 PM
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    • 11th Jan 19, 7:03 PM
    Ignoring the fact that you shouldn't use utility poles as supports for plants, a new one will probably be creosoted and toxic to anything grown against it for some time

    Far better to plant a fastigiate tree of some kind on your own property to soften the visual impact of the pole. Plenty to choose from, and it won't necessarily need to be evergreen.
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    • By unrecordings 12th Jan 19, 10:36 AM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 10:36 AM
    Is the pole obscuring the view of oncoming traffic thus making getting out of the drive dangerous ? Just wondering if this would be grounds for getting it moved
    • StumpyPumpy
    • By StumpyPumpy 12th Jan 19, 1:29 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 1:29 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 1:29 PM
    Don't telegraph poles need planning permission?

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    • By Davesnave 12th Jan 19, 2:12 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 2:12 PM
    Don't telegraph poles need planning permission?

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    Originally posted by StumpyPumpy
    No. They just put a notice on them saying, in effect: "We've stuck this here, so if you want to object, here's the address to write to and this pole's serial number."
    If push comes to shove, they have the powers needed to put the poles more or less where they like.

    Having dealt with Openreach and achieved the re-siting of a pole, I can tell you it isn't a speedy process, or one for the faint-hearted. I would say that if it's not on your own property, or obviously hazardous, forget it.
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    • By MysteryMe 12th Jan 19, 6:32 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 6:32 PM
    Obviously don't know the layout of your property / pole but would something like this help?

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    • BBH123
    • By BBH123 14th Jan 19, 11:42 AM
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    • 14th Jan 19, 11:42 AM
    Thanks for your thoughts everyone,


    unrecordings - I cant say the pole ' blinds' me to traffic when coming out the drive but I do have to position myself to see around it as it causes a momentarily blindspot.


    there is a notice that says I can complain but I'm not sure whether that would help, I came home as the pole was up and the the guys doing the work were still there, they said a lot of people grow things up them and around them to disguise it which is my preferred route.


    Mysteryme - that looks interesting and just the ' floaty' sort of foliage which would hide it, I need to see how tall if grows first


    Many thanks everyone
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    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 14th Jan 19, 11:49 AM
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    Live with the pole for a few weeks - you may stop 'seeing' it after a while.

    Our brains are good at filtering out things that are always there.
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