In a message dated 24/05/2006 10:46:20 GMT Standard Time,
I realised shortly after posting that I'd phrased it entirely
inappropriately. I'd be very interested to hear the professionals point
of view on this incident, if indeed there's enough known about the case
to formulate an opinion.
Speaking from the advantageous position of being absolutely nowhere near this
Tahir, I suspect the woman who says it was leaning and cracked and getting
lower had never been anywhere near it with a plumb line or a tape measure. I
suspect most Arbs have been told a tree is definitely leaning more than it
by people who've just been staring too hard for too long.
As for the residents who'd warned for years that it would fall, it's a pity
they couldn't have been a bit more specific and told us precisely when it
fall or indeed precisely how many years they'd been warning the Council and
precisely who in the Council they'd been warning. While they were about it
these obvious geniuses might have designed some sort of stabilisation method
they could have installed....
Up here in S.Yorks/Derbys I didn't see much damage despite the unusually high
winds for the time of year. I suspect that Plymouth, being a bit more
advanced than us, in terms of spring/leaf break obviously, suffered a little
As for the 'hundreds of years old' and the 'unstable soil after a prolonged
dry spell,' well it probably made more sense before it was translated from
As Edmund says 'Most press reports beg more questions than they actually
answer' or something like that. However we should all note that once again a
large tree has fallen in an urban area without there being any serious injury
life or limb.
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