Carol Harbach, Dedham’s council officer, insisted the council was entitled to take action against sidewalk blockages, but could not comment on what enforcement action might be taken.
The council said: “We have received a number of complaints from other residents and we do not ask people unless it is a health and safety matter. We have a duty as a community to comply with these requests to cut back vegetation when it is overgrown.
“It’s something that impedes the footpath and we have a duty to deal with hedges and keep the footpath safe.”
Colin Biggins, Chair of the Dedham Horticultural Society, said: “Becky is a tremendous garden enthusiast and conservationist who is one of our long standing members.
“I can see both sides of the argument but we’re terribly risk averse these days and I think the advice is overblown.”
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