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Trees along Horniman nature trail

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Fred, Westwood Park resident
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Posted on Saturday, 17 July, 2004 - 01:18 pm:   

Does anyone living on Westwood Park or Wood Vale (the horniman gardens side) share our concern that the height of these trees on the nature trail are now becoming problematic? Our house is near these trees and during the recent high wind/bad weather, several of these trees looked like they were going to come tumbling down on our house! Now don't get us wrong, we love living right near this nature trail & get much enjoyment from the woodland, but we just feel that some pruning of height is well overdue - not only do they cut out an increasing amount of sunlight in the summer, but are now becoming too high & hazardous to the neighbouring houses.
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Posted on Monday, 19 July, 2004 - 06:57 am:   

Hi Fred
I suggest you put your concerns to Hornimans
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Posted on Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 - 11:54 am:   

We have already contacted Hornimans but they are not willing to do it as it is too expensive to prune. is anyone else concenrned? or shall we
wait until one comes falling down on someones house!
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Posted on Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 - 12:25 pm:   


I am not (by any means) an expert in insurance claims or duty of care regarding one's property but I am pretty sure that, if the trees are on their land they have an obligation to look after them and ensure they do not represent a risk to others.

Regardless of cost they have a duty to maintain them to a reasonable height should they become overgrown and a risk to your house.
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Posted on Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 - 01:33 pm:   

Hi Fred
I suggest you are obliged to notify your insurance company of your concerns. They could then take the matter up with the authorities
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Posted on Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 - 01:53 pm:   

I saw someone messing around with a saw up in them trees last week - looks like they've started the work for you
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Posted on Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 - 05:02 pm:   

Horatio - is that a joke? I certainly have seen no action taken.
Thanks for tip Gilles and Brian - will look into it.
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Posted on Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 - 09:50 pm:   

It does not matter who's property the trees are in. Firstly before any tree surgery can be done, the borough engineers office for parks and open space has to determine whether the trees have a protection order on them or not. Anyone who touches a tree that has a protection order on it is liable for a fine of £20,000 pounds,YES twenty thousand pounds. So before you touch or suggest anyone else touches any tree do your home work. It cost's about £2.50 for local search to be carried out in any local area. Wish you all luck . Hope no one gets a tree on their home

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