A defiant grandson has vowed never to cut down the tree planted by his grandfather on the day he moved into their home.
The man said the plant holds such sentimental value he will never remove it from his garden.
And he said his neighbors are welcome to try and sue him over his refusal to back down.
As reported by our sister title, The Mirror, I have revealed all in an anonymous post on Reddit.
He said his grandfather had taken an apple tree sapling from his family’s orchard and planted it in his back garden, as a way to be closer to his relatives.
The grandparents had since passed and the grandchild had been living in their home for the last few years, modernizing it to make it suit their style.
The only thing they hadn’t touched was the apple tree out back, which has great sentimental value.
However, a new couple recently moved in next door and they’re reportedly kicking up a fuss about the tree.
They said: “I live in my late grandparents’ home, I’ve spent the last few years modernizing it and making it fit my style.
“There is one thing I’ve not touched however and that is the apple tree in the back garden.
“My grandparents planted it on the day they moved into the house and it came from my Grandfather’s family orchard as a sapling, a way of bringing a bit of his family with them.
“I love the tree and some of my favorite memories as a child are picking fruit from it or climbing it when I was little.
“New neighbors recently moved in next door and they keep complaining about the tree wanting it cut down as it is casting shade into their garden where they want to put a hot tub.
“None of the tree overhangs onto their property at all it just sadly cuts off light in that one specific area I’ve apologized but told them I won’t be cutting it down and suggested they put their hot tub somewhere else in the garden as it’s a big space.
“I’d even planned to try and smooth things over when it grows fruit this year by bringing them a bag of fresh apples.
“They are p***ed off at me and complaining about how it’s just a tree and it’s not a big deal to cut it down.
“The husband has also been threatening to get lawyers involved to force me to cut it down.
“I’ll admit that p***ed me off and killed any goodwill I had towards them or desire to smooth things over.
“I’ve told them to do whatever the f**k they want but warned them I’ve got a camera in my back garden so if they mess with my tree I’ll know.”
The poster went on to share how they’d set the camera up a few years ago as kids had been coming into the garden to steal apples.
They added that they know it’s ‘just a tree’ and it might be silly to be so angry about their demands and threats, but that it has “sentimental value”.
“I’ve also explained the sentimental value this tree has but they don’t care/see what the big deal is about a tree.”
More than 2,000 people have since commented on the post, with many agreeing that they shouldn’t cut down the tree.
One person said: “That is a part of your property that you love and cherish. AND they knew the tree was there when they moved in so clearly it wasn’t a deal-breaker for them.
“You can’t always be a people pleaser. Protect your peace and protect your tree!”
Another replied: “They knew it was there when they bought the house.”
A third added: “I’d watch out for these people. It takes pushy people to move into a neighborhood and go to the house of someone who has lived there for years and demand that person cut down an apple tree grown from a family orchard .”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.