This was the start of a 2-week stint on the A338 at Cholderton for WCC Highways. Our task was to remove and cut back 40 ash trees which had grown to 100 feet and which were all dying with Ash Dieback. Because of this disease, the trees were dangerous and had to be removed.
Our work here was to undertake crown lifting of 30 beech trees in the central reservation of the A338 Bodenham Bypass dual carriageway between Salisbury and Downton.
We crown lifted to 3m over the central reservation and 5m over the carriageway. They weren’t particularly big trees but were impacting on visibility along the duel carriageway; thus the work needed full traffic management and crash protection. We needed a large team of 5 to get all the works completed in a day
Crown lifting or crown raising can be defined as the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing of lower branches for future removal. Again, an effective method of increasing light transmission to areas closer to the tree. Have you spotted our tree work definitions on the website? Check them out here.
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.