SophieLondon wrote:Totally agree Sophie. There are lots of examples like yours all over the borough and when the pollarding schedule is neglected, as it has been in many places recently, it causes all sorts of problems. It shouldn't put us off planting trees on our streets though. Right tree, right place is important but we should leave space where we can to plant trees that will become the great trees of the future too.Trees growing quite close to the houses in Henshaw St were apparently planted in 1950s/60s and are too large to be as close to the houses as they are. The council have been pollarding these trees at the request of residents - to stop the canopy of the trees going over the house roofs which was causing problems with blocked gutters, blocking the light from the houses and also because of the risk from roots / foundations/subsidence etc.
I'm a great supporter of trees in cities and they need to be the right trees in the right places!
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