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The branches reach out over my small garden and

Reported via mobile in the Tree is considered to be causing damage category anonymously at 11:28, Wed 14 July 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2863908.

Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to you concerning the large over hanging trees situated at the back of my garden. At the present time they blocking out the sun light, tv, radio signal and becoming a health hazard leaving lots of debris in my garden everyday. I am becoming very worried for my children's safety, in about a week is school holidays, so they will be planning in the garden all day. As these brees are on council land I would be obliged if you come and assess this situation as I strongly feel that these trees need cutting back considerably in order to prevent a future accident and damage.

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  • Enquiry received

    Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree. This has been sent to Aragon Direct Services for further investigation. We will endeavour to provide a further update within 3 working days

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 11:28, Wed 14 July 2021

  • 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 40 working days.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 12:03, Wed 14 July 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry regarding the trees near your property, and their influence on TV/Satellite reception. Council owned trees will not be pruned or removed to improve TV/Satellite reception to a property. I hope the following answers any questions you have about policy in regard to trees and TV/Satellite reception.

    In general the providers of terrestrial and satellite equipment cannot expect Amey to prune trees to improve or gain reception. Amey will only consider requests to prune trees to improve reception when all the following criteria have been met:

    " efforts to find an engineering solution to the problem have been exhausted and unsuccessful, and,
    " the tree work required is consistent with good arboricultural practice and will not unduly affect the amenity or health of the tree, and
    " the tree work required can be executed within current financial constraints.
    The practice of reducing the size of a tree by cutting a tree's branches down to a lower height, is known as crown reduction or topping, and has long been widely regarded as an unacceptable response to the concern that the tree is too tall for a number of reasons:

    The practice often removes a large proportion of a tree's crown and leaf area in one operation and so will seriously weaken the tree by reducing its ability to produce chemical defences, for example by hindering the production of energy through photosynthesis,

    The pruning wounds seldom heal, and so the tree's inner tissues are exposed to the risk of disease and insect pests.

    Post-reduction, to compensate for the loss of leaf area, trees will often respond by putting out a profusion of dense, upright shoots from the cut wound surface; a tree with insufficient stored energy reserves may die as a consequence,

    Additionally, this new growth sprouts from latent buds located just below the bark and concentrated around the cut wounds; these shoots are only weakly attached to the wood from which they have emerged and very prone to breaking off, particularly in high winds. Crown reduction may therefore create a hazardous situation at a significant height that cannot be easily inspected or managed, and serious injury or damage to property may occur as a consequence of branch union failure; rather than reducing the perceived danger of a tree that is too tall, crown reduction is likely to make a tree a greater risk.

    Crown reduction destroys the natural form and grace of a tree forever; the tree will never recover its natural habit and so will appear disfigured and mutilated, especially when it is without leaves during the winter.

    A reduced tree, should it survive, will often quickly grow back to its original height and with a denser crown than before it was pruned. In other words, crown reduction in the long term, is unlikely to have the desired effect of reducing the size of a tree. Moreover, the tree is likely to need pruning again when, within a few years, it regains or surpasses its old size, or its new branches break or become a hazard.

    Bird droppings, leaf and debris fall and or associated residues may be a nuisance however are considered part and parcel of living with trees. This issue is not considered a sufficient reason to prune or remove a tree.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 11:28, Wed 1 September 2021

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