CASE STUDY: DANGEROUS CORSICAN PINE FALLS ON SCHOOL PREMISES
The tragic death of an eight year old Surrey schoolgirl in January 2003 caused major concerns over the safety of trees in public places. While the inquest into her death found that a tree inspection may not have indicated the 50ft Corsican pine (pinus nigra) was in a dangerous state, many others could be.
Neil, a grounds manager at a public school in Surrey, was concerned about his tree stock when a large mature tree blew over onto an internal road following high winds.
Fortunately nobody was hurt, A Tree Survey was commissioned and a number of other potentially dangerous trees were identified.
The tree report produced was used by Neil to prioritise the work recommended and to gain a competitive price from a local tree contractor who has since completed the high priority works.
“I now use the tree report to cross off the works as they are completed and it gives me piece of mind knowing that there shouldn’t be any surprises during the now frequent high winds. David is coming back in the summer to review the trees. The money spent on getting expert advice has been well worth the investment”.
CASE STUDY: UNSTABLE TREES ENDANGER MOTORISTS
A village society contacted me when a Crack Willow (salix fragilis) had collapsed across a footpath and a busy road. Despite concerns raised to the local district and county council warnings were ignored. Fortunately no one was hurt, however the councils refused to attend to the other trees.
A tree survey was undertaken of the remaining five willow trees and it was quickly established that they too were in danger of collapsing.
At the request of the Village Society supported by the findings of the tree report, the Parish Council arranged for the trees to be expertly pollarded to retain their presence as an attractive feature to the roadside yet be safe.
“David’s quick intervention in this serious matter potentially prevented serious harm to pedestrians and/or motorists travelling through the village.”