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Tree foliage seems to be dying.

Reported via mobile in the Tree is dead or dying category anonymously at 14:13, Wed 2 June 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2763850.

At Homenene House an old crab apple tree in our communal garden is dying and some of our residents have experienced health problems. Some residents have experienced rashes and terrible itching and some with breathing problems. A very large number of catapillars have invaded the gardens and sometimes into the building by open doors and windows. There is no doubt this crab apple tree is diseased and action is being taken to remove it as soon as possible. I think the tree outside in Bushfield is also contaminated and needs to be investigated urgently.

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  • Inspection Arranged

    Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree.

    Your enquiry has been allocated to one of our qualified tree surveyors who will carry out an inspection and provide an update within 20 working days.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 08:55, Mon 7 June 2021

  • It is possible that the crab apple in your grounds were infested with caterpillars of the brown tail moth. These have hairs which can prove to be an irritant causing health problems. A Tree Surveyor has inspected trees in the immediate area.

    There are no similar tree species and no signs of caterpillars causing problems to any of the trees.

    There is a Plane tree nearby which is almost completely dead with shrivelled brown leaves. The reason for its demise is probably drought stress and a fungal disease of the leaves rather than being eaten by caterpillars.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 09:24, Thu 17 June 2021

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