It's been a war with no winners...until now.
The Beast of Braddon, a hedge on Chapman Street that had overgrown the footpath, has been spared the hedge clippers and a new path paved around it.
Today workers from Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) laid a fresh path around the Chapman Street home, whose overgrown hedge provoked fierce public debate last week.
The work is TAMS' end of a bargain struck with residents of the upmarket inner-north street in 2008 when the department agreed to move the pavement rather than force the householders to trim the front yard beast.
The homeowners made a small contribution to the cost of the footpath-moving job.
But not everyone was pleased to hear of the deal, with residents in Griffith and nearby Ainslie up in arms over the tough enforcement of the hedge trimming rules on their streets.
TAMS has confirmed to The Canberra Times that more pavement-moving agreements were unlikely and that a hard line would be enforced with any more errant hedges impeding the pavements of the city's inner-suburbs.