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Tree roots

Reported via mobile in the Highways category anonymously at 06:57, Thu 8 July 2021

Sent to Barnet Borough Council less than a minute later

You for your email and the site visit to our property. I have forwarded your email to Barnet Insurance Company to proceed forward. I am extremely worried about the tree roots causing subsidence to the structure of my house in future. Trees can worsen the effects of subsidence because they extract moisture through their roots. The roots are considered not only to cause desiccation of the soil but also inhibit rehydration. Thus, cracking in a building is consequential on the damage to the soil which supports it. As per your email, the tree roots have damaged the thin wall. The pavement is also very uneven due to roots which is dangerous for walking. The whole of my front garden is full with roots which is effecting the plants and the lawn. Therefore, the roots must be going under the house too. Furthermore, the tree is abstracting the sunlight to both our front rooms when it is over grown. In my opinion, pruning is not the solution as this would stimulate the growth of the tree. The removal of the tree would be the only reliable way of stopping the damage caused by the roots. There were similar trees on the opposite side of the street but were removed and replaced by smaller growing trees a few years back. I hope all the above points are taken into consideration and I will be very grateful for the decision to remove the tree.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Arvind Shah

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On 30 Jun 2021, at 09:19, TreesDoNotReply <> wrote:

 Dear Mr Shah, Further to your report, I can confirm we carried out a site visit. From inspection we noted that damage has occurred to the wall and the drive of the property. In terms of tree root influence, the wall has definitely been affected from the roots. However, this is also acting as a container wall due to the garden level differences. The thin wall is not suitable in the fist place to withstand the pressures of this raised footway area with or without a tree. In terms of the drive, there is no indication at this time that roots are the cause of the damage as the cracking is not consistent with root growth and likely cracked over time, use and general thermal movement. In view that you would like this repaired, as our tree is likely to be a contributory factor to the wall, you are within your rights to initiate a claim for the damage. The council do not carry out works on private property. You will need to submit details to our Insurance department ( in writing and include image of the proof roots have been a cause. Yours sincerely, Frédéric Micoud Arboricultural Officer Greenspaces & Leisure Environment Directorate London Borough of Barnet, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, NW9 4EW Email: Please consider the environment - do you really need to print this email? <image002.jpg> Winner of the Mayors Borough Award 2019 & Mayors Street Tr

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