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Very tall trees near property

Reported via desktop in the Problem with tree roots category anonymously at 19:24, Tuesday 28 September 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3030770.

The trees appear to be over the height of the roof, and quite close to the building for this height, I would have concerns of root damage and looking to purchase a property in this area. Is this managed tree land. Is there a height when trees are felled if near buildings? How near is a problem, are any of these within that. Insurance is increased if trees over 10m tall, how tall are these trees?

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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 40 working days.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 07:35, Wednesday 29 September 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately at the present time there are no identifiable arboricultural reasons to justify carrying out any works..

    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.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 11:28, Thursday 25 November 2021

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