Probably my sympathy is instinctive, you certainly can't tell much from the
photo, but it is trees and people is it not?
From: Edmund Hopkins <Edmund.Hopkins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk>
To: UK Tree Care <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 15:40
Subject: RE: 'People are scared of trees'
I sympathise also Edmund and feel there's probably a degree of fear on the
tree owners behalf as well; that is they'll be seen as bad guys if they make
any attempt to take the matter in hand.
It has been occurring to me of late that Sheffield for one does not remove
anything like enough trees, that is there's no space for the next generation,
a situation that DED might have coincidentally addressed 30 years ago but now
is catching up with us. Sheffield Council have started granting permission
for householders to undertake extremely minor works (lifting and thinning) on
council-owned/managed trees where they overhang gardens, but I seem to fairly
regularly be advising people that the approved work will make little or no
difference to their problems and that they're best to save their money for
when permission to do something significant arrives.
I recall doing a job a few years ago where a Council (not Sheffield), in
response to neighbour complaints had repeatedly raised the crowns of trees
adjacent to gardens with the result that there was15+ metres of clear stem
with higher branches reaching half the length of the gardens. The time came
for removal with the inevitable problems of lowering and swinging big long
branches over the sheds and trellises that clutter up the average domestic
gardens, which made the job horrendously convoluted and correspondingly
expensive. Some timely removal in the past would have been preferable and
broken up the age range as well. The resentment felt by the majority of the
neighbours to the trees probably led to fly-tipping and further abuse. An
unenlightening situation that might have been remedied or avoided by a more
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