At last - someone's listening to our fears over 80ft trees

Worcester News: 80FT TREES: Concerned residents of Somers Road, from left, are John Dixon, brother and sister Simon and Sarah Oddy and Neil Mackenzie. Picture by Nick Toogood. 0913255002. Buy this photo » 80FT TREES: Concerned residents of Somers Road, from left, are John Dixon, brother and sister Simon and Sarah Oddy and Neil Mackenzie. Picture by Nick Toogood. 0913255002.

PEOPLE who fear giant trees are endangering their homes say they are pleased authorities are taking their worries seriously.

Residents in Somers Road, Malvern Link, have been complaining for years that trees at Osborne Court, a care clinic operated by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, need to be severely cut back.

They say the trees, some of which are 80 feet tall, could shed large limbs or even fall over in windy or snowy weather.

They applied last July to Malvern Hills District Council to substantially reduce the size of the 13 main trees on the site. But the council responded by imposing a provisional tree protection order on the trees, which it described as “high value”.

Members of the council’s southern area development control committee confirmed the protection order, but included in its decision recommendations from a tree inspection ordered by NHS trust that owns the site.

These included removing ivy and dead wood on the trees, making a close inspection of one of them and keeping a careful eye on the site.

Sarah Oddy, the residents’ spokesman, said: “We were initially very disappointed with the confirmation of the TPO at last week’s meeting.

“However, on reflection we now see the overall outcome more positively. “For more than 20 years individual residents have requested the NHS trust to acknowledge responsibility for the care and maintenance of the trees but to no avail.

“Although the NHS-funded report falls short of our aims, it does recommend some immediate work with a full inspection and report within three months.

“Importantly, councillors and the Malvern Hills landscape officer recognised the work should be carried out as soon as possible.

“Councillors agreed that they would continue to review the situation. At last the NHS trust has recognised its responsibility for the trees, but residents will continue to press for much-needed height reductions to make them safer.”

The trust this week said it is awaiting permission from the council to carry out maintenance to the trees.

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8:35pm Sat 2 Mar 13

Jabbadad says...

Were the trees there before the houses I wonder?
Were the trees there before the houses I wonder? Jabbadad

12:36am Sun 3 Mar 13

topjock1972 says...

another useless WN story thats already being dealt with by the council and nhs.
another useless WN story thats already being dealt with by the council and nhs. topjock1972

10:07am Sun 3 Mar 13

Olley Owl Owd Betts Barn says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Were the trees there before the houses I wonder?
I am with you, which was there first. If it was the trees, why are the Greens not out there defending these Trees? It begs the question are they only Green because it allows them to be obstructive, when it comes to the siting of Alternative energy projects (which is supposed to save our Planet) because they are best situated in areas that are always claimed to be sites of natural beauty.

When someone complains about trees to any Council, it is always the first step to place a Tree Preservation Order on the site (TPO). If you move into a house and plant a tree and it becomes too large. By rights, you have to ask the council for permission to remove it.

One must also consider how much water these trees take from the ground this aids the water table to remain at a manageable level. When these trees are removed, where will all the water that they pumped to its upper most branches go?
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Were the trees there before the houses I wonder?[/p][/quote]I am with you, which was there first. If it was the trees, why are the Greens not out there defending these Trees? It begs the question are they only Green because it allows them to be obstructive, when it comes to the siting of Alternative energy projects (which is supposed to save our Planet) because they are best situated in areas that are always claimed to be sites of natural beauty. When someone complains about trees to any Council, it is always the first step to place a Tree Preservation Order on the site (TPO). If you move into a house and plant a tree and it becomes too large. By rights, you have to ask the council for permission to remove it. One must also consider how much water these trees take from the ground this aids the water table to remain at a manageable level. When these trees are removed, where will all the water that they pumped to its upper most branches go? Olley Owl Owd Betts Barn

11:07am Sun 3 Mar 13

Maggie Would says...

Olley Owl Owd Betts Barn wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
Were the trees there before the houses I wonder?
I am with you, which was there first. If it was the trees, why are the Greens not out there defending these Trees? It begs the question are they only Green because it allows them to be obstructive, when it comes to the siting of Alternative energy projects (which is supposed to save our Planet) because they are best situated in areas that are always claimed to be sites of natural beauty.

When someone complains about trees to any Council, it is always the first step to place a Tree Preservation Order on the site (TPO). If you move into a house and plant a tree and it becomes too large. By rights, you have to ask the council for permission to remove it.

One must also consider how much water these trees take from the ground this aids the water table to remain at a manageable level. When these trees are removed, where will all the water that they pumped to its upper most branches go?
What utter nonsense. We have had completely humungous trees, fine specimens that had just grown too tall, felled on our land. We checked with the Local Authority first to ensure that there were no TPO's in place and were told we were free to do what we wished with them.
They don't slap TPO's on trees willy nilly, they have better things to do.
[quote][p][bold]Olley Owl Owd Betts Barn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Were the trees there before the houses I wonder?[/p][/quote]I am with you, which was there first. If it was the trees, why are the Greens not out there defending these Trees? It begs the question are they only Green because it allows them to be obstructive, when it comes to the siting of Alternative energy projects (which is supposed to save our Planet) because they are best situated in areas that are always claimed to be sites of natural beauty. When someone complains about trees to any Council, it is always the first step to place a Tree Preservation Order on the site (TPO). If you move into a house and plant a tree and it becomes too large. By rights, you have to ask the council for permission to remove it. One must also consider how much water these trees take from the ground this aids the water table to remain at a manageable level. When these trees are removed, where will all the water that they pumped to its upper most branches go?[/p][/quote]What utter nonsense. We have had completely humungous trees, fine specimens that had just grown too tall, felled on our land. We checked with the Local Authority first to ensure that there were no TPO's in place and were told we were free to do what we wished with them. They don't slap TPO's on trees willy nilly, they have better things to do. Maggie Would

2:56pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Jabbadad says...

Well the less trees cut down on anyone's land the better since don't they play a huge part as lungs for our planets oxygen?
Those who don't acknowledge the part trees play should look at China and see their air pollution everywhere.
When I visited China on Holiday, I was warned to go at the start of their winter since during the warmer / Hotter weather the heat and haze was unbearable as was the smell from poor sanitation. No wonder they have what I call STARTING BLOCKS style toilets even on the trains, at one road side stop the women in our party had to hang their bottoms over the edge of a metal bin, no running water anywhere and I suppose, who would want to occupy a seat there anyway.
Must say the Hotels in the big Cities were fabulous, as were the staff..
Well the less trees cut down on anyone's land the better since don't they play a huge part as lungs for our planets oxygen? Those who don't acknowledge the part trees play should look at China and see their air pollution everywhere. When I visited China on Holiday, I was warned to go at the start of their winter since during the warmer / Hotter weather the heat and haze was unbearable as was the smell from poor sanitation. No wonder they have what I call STARTING BLOCKS style toilets even on the trains, at one road side stop the women in our party had to hang their bottoms over the edge of a metal bin, no running water anywhere and I suppose, who would want to occupy a seat there anyway. Must say the Hotels in the big Cities were fabulous, as were the staff.. Jabbadad

6:58pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Mr Analysis says...

Phytoplankton actually produces most the oxygen (over half) then you have other plants and stuff also tree's don't give out much but they do have some benefits.

As for being cut down, good if the people were not happy and didn't feel safe. Every time i walked or drove past them i must admit i always looked up and thought hmm if a branch fell..
Phytoplankton actually produces most the oxygen (over half) then you have other plants and stuff also tree's don't give out much but they do have some benefits. As for being cut down, good if the people were not happy and didn't feel safe. Every time i walked or drove past them i must admit i always looked up and thought hmm if a branch fell.. Mr Analysis

10:02pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Jabbadad says...

There is a marked difference in Tree Management and chopping down trees that have taken many years to grow.
And trees that rightly have preservation orders on them can have tree management according to the preservation officers judgement. Quite a satisfying situation I feel.
There is a marked difference in Tree Management and chopping down trees that have taken many years to grow. And trees that rightly have preservation orders on them can have tree management according to the preservation officers judgement. Quite a satisfying situation I feel. Jabbadad

10:30am Tue 5 Mar 13

Andy-Apache says...

Not sure anyone is suggesting they are 'cut down', just pruned. Height reduction and thinning would improve the health of the trees anyway.
Not sure anyone is suggesting they are 'cut down', just pruned. Height reduction and thinning would improve the health of the trees anyway. Andy-Apache

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