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Re: High way tree stumps

Subject: Re: High way tree stumps
From: Ben Oates
Date: Oct 07 2019 17:40:18
Hi John,

As Ian alluded to, and I can only talk from my experience managing council 
trees in Reading, the main reason Tree Officers leave stumps in the highway 
is to secure the planting space by preventing their colleagues in Highways 
from re-tarmacking over the space prior to replanting.


However, in many instances stumps remain for decades largely due to 
insufficient resources and so dealing with intolerable tree risks and general 
routine maintenance of existing trees takes priority over removing stumps and 
replanting.


In a highway footway, a trip hazard is a defect of 25mm in height or more. 
Curbs and steps, if not defective, are not trip hazards.


The determining factors for the height of a stump left in the highway are not 
being too high to obstruct sightlines but not too low so as not to be visible 
to a motorist.


Ben


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From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info <uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> 
on behalf of John Cheetham <liverbirds1968@xxxxxx.com>
Sent: 07 October 2019 15:57
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: High way tree stumps

Hi all.

Can anybody advise on the following?

Is there any legislation regarding how high a felled tree stump on highways
is to be left?

I have seen some councils where stumps have been left at 1m.

Regards

John



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