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RE: 'People are scared of trees'

Subject: RE: 'People are scared of trees'
From: Chatfield, Matthew
Date: Jan 06 2012 15:27:55
Without seeing the site it's hard to know whether to have sympathy with the 
residents or not. But having heard plenty of tales such as this over the 
years I speculate that those doughty folk who are 'scared to death of large 
twigs' and preventing their children from playing in the garden are actually 
far more interested in the bit about 'constantly having to clear up' than 
they say.

And it hardly needs saying that if all those trees are indeed cut in half a 
whole posse of other tree-loving complainants will ride over the hill and 
start a counter-petition complaining about council vandalism.

There may be a case for doing work to the trees or there may not. And the 
distress described may be genuine, or otherwise. But the reasons given in the 
article are, in all honesty, nothing more than the usual tired old excuses 
from people who don't like trees and want someone else to sort it out for 

Matthew Chatfield BSc MIEEM CEnv | Parks, Beaches & Countryside Manager
Isle of Wight Council | Recreation, Leisure & Public Spaces Service
Enterprise House | Newport | Isle of Wight PO30 5WB
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-----Original Message-----
From: Edmund Hopkins []
Sent: 06 January 2012 14:53
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: 'People are scared of trees'

Interesting. Are they Willows perhaps?

Presumably the council can't act because the trees don't meet Misc Provs 

It looks like tree management or its absence lies with a housing association 
and the County Council.

I hope I'm not the only one here has some sympathy with the residents, 
especially if the tree belt is to the south of them.


-----Original Message-----
From: Chatfield, Matthew []
Sent: 06 January 2012 14:14
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: 'People are scared of trees'

Awesome picture of people being scared by trees! A classic tale, well spotted 

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