British couple take extreme measure over pigeon poop dispute, ‘distraught’ neighbor shares

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A British couple mad over the pigeon feces dropping onto their driveway from a tree in their neighbor’s yard decided to handle the problem in an unconventional manner.

They cut the tree in half. Problem solved …

Pigeon feces is no longer dropping onto the driveway because the part of the tree where the feces had been dropping from no longer exists.



That’s certainly one way of handling things.

Speaking with the BBC, the neighbor with the tree, Bharat Mistry, 56, said he’d tried to resolve the matter the old fashioned way after the couple next door complained in March 2020 about it.

There were “several discussions” about trimming the tree or using nets to prevent the pigeons from nesting. Mistry even contacted several tree surgeons and gardeners, but before he could get anything worked out, it was too late.

“You can imagine when he first did it we were angry. Obviously after a couple of days we calmed down a bit,” he told BBC regarding the day that he and his wife found out what the couple next door had done to their once-pristine tree.

In a separate interview with The Guardian, he added, “We were absolutely distraught. We pleaded and pleaded with them not to do it, but their mind was made up. That tree was coming down.”

The two sets of neighbors are reportedly no longer talking, despite the two having previously been somewhat close.

“Ann Wiles, who also lives on the street, said the neighbours had previously organised children’s parties together,” according to the BBC.

“As far as I know they got on well together. We’ve got a lot of pigeons, hundreds of them. We live in the country and you’ve got to accept these things,” she said to the outlet.

According to neighbor Brian Parkes, there’s now pretty much a “war” between the two couples.

“You’ve got to feel sorry for both of them. It looks awful. They’re going to be at one another’s throats now, but it’s done, you can’t undo it. We’ve got a war on our hands with them two,” he said to the BBC.

“When I saw it, I just thought: ‘Oh my God, what a shame.’ It’s a lovely tree and adds to the feature of the house and the street,” another neighbor said to The Guardian.

“It ruins the visual aspect for everyone,” a fourth neighbor added.

Ironically, despite looking “awful,” the tree has  transformed the neighborhood into a tourist attraction.

“The picture went viral after it was anonymously sent in to Jeremy Vine’s Channel 5 TV show, and it has been turned into memes on social media, prompting visits from curious people. Mistry’s daughter said the family had become ‘Instagram famous without meaning to,'” according to The Guardian.

Jeremy Vine is a British broadcaster who hosts an eponymously titled weekday morning talk/debate show.

See the relevant clip below:

The clip seemed to provoke another “war” — this one on Twitter, where some sided with Mistry, and others sided with his tree-cutting neighbors.



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