This link goes to The Times of 23rd March and concerns a homeowner in Canford Cliffs, Poole, who ignored a TPO (tree preservation order) on his 42-foot oak tree and instead he virtually destroyed it by chopping off 12ft-long branches – all for the purpose of allowing sunlight to the back of his property and on to his new ‘Juliet’ balcony.
So apart from ignoring the TPO and facing the consequences with the council of that; apart from what must have been an extremely dangerous operation to take down 12-foot limbs, the homeowner has been fined:
In what officials claim is the first case of its kind, a court has ordered the homeowner to reimburse the taxpayer the amount perceived to be the increase to the value of his £1M home, having cut down his tree. In this instance, the increase was found to be £21,000 and this is what he had to repay as proceeds of crime.
We spent a week dismantling decaying beech trees in Bath. They were leaning over a footpath and, having recently been surveyed, there was no choice but to dismantle and remove them and plant replacements. The timber will be used for firewood. We needed a team of 2 climbers, a groundsman with tractor and a 30-ton winch on the last day to fell the stems.
But, as you’ll see from the last three pictures below, the weather wasn’t always kind to us during the week!
Our job here was to replace an old, rotten post and rail fence which had served its time. We removed the fence and replaced it with 1000m of new, creosote-treated timber post and rail fencing. This should last another 30 years.
See our pictures below both ‘during’ and the ‘nice and straight’ at the end…
Following on from our hedge removal project in the summer, we now needed to erect the perimeter fence to the site for the utilities company. The site had been upgraded and expanded to meet the demand for new housing. We erected 400m of 1.8m chain link fence with 3 strands of barbed wire on top.
The Protech creates 10-inch profiles for the concrete posts ready for the 400m of chain link fencing.
Linden Homes are building a new development at Westbury by the station. So as to avoid disturbing nesting birds we needed to cut and chip large volumes of scrub and over-mature thorn and hedging. This was cut to a height of one metre and chipped on site.
The next phase will be to winching up and removing the trees from the lake and reducing larger oak trees, along with fitting cable bracing.
We had recently won a contract to strip from site 450 tons of hazardous and contaminated sand used as a stop butt on a military firing range. After stopping bullets for years it was time to be replaced with new, along with some timber repairs while we were there.
All done while the ranges either side were live and active!
A recent tree survey showed that a large conifer growing close to a substantial property was too near for safety. We therefore dismantled it and removed all the timber to be reprocessed for biomass to feed a power station.
Another reminder from us about the importance of getting your trees surveyed and that they are your responsibility.
Here are two links to The Times and The Standard. They concern a celebrity interior designer facing a police investigation after a former soldier, explorer and tree surgeon(!) was crushed to death beside her £8m estate. He had been a passenger in a car travelling on the road alongside her estate when the tree fell on the car, killing him and insuring the other passengers.