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Continuous excessive pruning of a healthy tree

Reported in the Trees category anonymously at 00:49, Friday 27 March 2020

Sent to New Forest District Council less than a minute later

Continuously this tree is aggressively pruned, it is located in gardens between Hammonds Lane and Sunset Avenue. It is quite an old tree and usually contains a lot of habitats (which were confirmed by the tree surgeon). The tree surgeon said that the tree probably did not need to pruned, especially not this aggressively, and would be remain untouched if it had been in the forest. Though I do not know extensively about tree health and maintenance the surgeons comments support a inquiry about obtaining a tree preservation order. This tree will take years to regrow, and I would like to protect it and the animals that inhabit it in the future as this extensive pruning is not necessary for its well being. This tree also does not cause interference, for example to power lines, so I can see no reason this practice should continue. Thank you for your time, I hope you can help me with this request.

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  • That tree gets cut back all the time because it blocks out the sunlight into neighbouring houses, also when it's in full bloom it shades the grass which goes mossy, when the leaves drop in autumn, it kills the lawns, trees are good for the planet if they are in the correct place, this tree is not.

    Message not sent by FMS but by a local neighbour.

    Posted anonymously at 08:09, Friday 27 March 2020

  • Different parts of different gardens are in shade at one time, none of the surrounding gardens would be completely encompassed by shadow all day. Additionally the garden at the bottom of the image is a shared space that is overgrown and not often used and one of the gardens has a very large wall and hedge which would also block some of the light. I would argue that it does not warrant such extreme action. There are other trees in similar positions in the surrounding area that are not subjected to this treatment and there are more gentle ways of getting more light through a canopy. Would you be willing to consider looking into a less aggressive method in the future? These methods would allow the tree to keep it's form for the life there and also wouldn't be so unappealing on the landscape. I am not opposed to tree maintenance, but the tree would usually house a lot of life and will take several years to grow back, so I would still like to get a professional opinion. I hope this is okay.

    Posted anonymously at 16:29, Friday 27 March 2020

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