'Health and safety gone mad' is a phrase that's now often used.
But for Jean Stoner from Bangor, rules and regulations are causing her considerable upset. The 98-year-old has always been a keen gardener and enjoys keeping flowers.
But housing bosses have told her she has to remove the flower boxes outside her flat because they're too much of a hazard.
Ian Lang reports.
Jean's housing association say her miniature garden has to go in the cause of safety. They say they have the greatest sympathy for Jean but say they've taken expert advice that they can't ignore.
For safety reasons, they want communal areas like corridors to remain clear.