A Worcestershire couple have been fined £2,000 for allowing their garden hedges to grow too tall.
Robert and Nicola Johnston were each given a £1,000 fine by magistrates in Worcester for breaching a Remedial Notice which had ordered them to trim two hedges at their home in Eckington.
Wychavon District Council said the hedges "exceed the reasonable height for the location" and had prompted complaints from neighbours.
During a site visit in 2008, the hedges were recorded as being six metres high but should have been no taller than three or four metres, the council said. A Remedial Notice was served but the foliage continued to exceed the specified height restrictions.
In addition to the fines, Mr and Mrs Johnston were ordered to pay costs of £422.50 each.
The couple were not present at the court hearing and claimed they knew nothing about it.
Mr Johnston told The Worcester News: "I asked the officer at the council if the complaint still applied because the neighbour had moved out and she said she would get back to me.
"We weren't told anything about a court hearing. I wouldn't have let it go to court. I really had no idea what was going on."
Elizabeth Jones, planning enforcement officer at Wychavon District Council, said: "The Council has spent a lot of time trying to get Mr and Mrs Johnston to comply without going down the formal route, but unfortunately we have had no other option than to prosecute."