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Large tree overgrown

Reported in the Trees category anonymously at 20:21, Sunday 24 May 2020

Sent to Royal Borough of Greenwich less than a minute later

Tree blocking my sunlight it is in the garden behind me

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  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 21:30, Sunday 24 May 2020

  • Dear Resident. I have put the Ash tree within the rear of 28 Gorman Road on the list for inspection. Please note however that RBG does not prune trees for light issues and follow the below protocol regarding pruning. Trees should not be pruned on a regular basis if there are no recognisable defects as this will ultimately lead to future issues – especially with certain species (Horse Chestnut, Poplar, Maple etc). This is fully supported by the National Tree Safety Group Guidelines and BS3998:2010 ‘Tree Work Recommendations’, both of which our team follows.

    As trees age their extension growth lessens, undertaking heavy pruning will remove apical dominance and lead to rapid reaction growth that ultimately leads to a thicker/denser tree than before works were undertaken (this will also stimulate fruit/nut production). Heavy pruning can also lead to the ingress of fungal fruiting bodies (e.g. exposed heartwood and weak co-dominant branch unions).

    Housing trees (e.g all estates and tenants properties) are pruned or removed on the basis of identified structural defect / physiological condition or proven damage to property; they are not generally removed/pruned for reasons of light, shade, t.v reception, leaf fall, dominance etc. Kind regards

    Sam Bateson

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 14:07, Tuesday 26 May 2020

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