UKTC Archive

RE: Tree root damage to underground sevices

Subject: RE: Tree root damage to underground sevices
From: Wright, Matthew
Date: Jul 02 2001 15:23:27
There was an article on some research in Sweden into trees & drains in The
Arboricultural Journal fairly recently - from the AA web-site the article
reference is 24:283

Matthew

Matthew Wright
Landscape & Tree Officer
Planning Services, Exeter City Council, Civic Centre, Paris Street,  Exeter
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From:         Peter Pollard[SMTP:peter.pollard@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk]
Reply To:     UK Tree Care
Sent:         28 June 2001 13:48
To:   UK Tree Care
Subject:      Tree root damage to underground sevices

Does anyone have access to research regarding tree root damage to
drains?

Although Mattheck has examined the effect of trees sited directly above
services his research does not cover trees at a greater distance which
may be more likely to be affected by alterations in the soil moisture
deficit and accompanying soil volume in shrinkable soils.

On a fairly frequent basis we receive complaints from members of the
public regarding tree roots blocking drains. If tree roots form part of
the blockage people seem instantly assume that a tree has broken the
drain and then entered it.

Such inquirers are asked to consider whether other factors may have
caused the drain damage initially and that the conditions created by the
leaking drain were then exploited by the tree roots.

Thanks,

Peter Pollard





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