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Good tree to screen a streetlight

I have to have some old fir trees taken out as they are becoming dangerous but they screen a streetlight from shining straight into my bedroom.  Can anyone suggest a suitable fast growing evergreen tree that I could use to replace please?  I have had suggested a mountain gum but not sure.  

Any ideas and suggestions for a suitable tree would be gratefully received.





  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    Argos sell  a range of 'blackout' blinds at a very reasonable price . I can't think of a tree fast enough to screen a street light at the rate you probably require ; or are you in a first-floor flat or something bringing you to eye level ?

    Fortunately our council switch them off @ midnight ; can't stand the damned things personally image !

  • We went for a eucalyptus, shot up in 12 months, needs to be managed though or it will keep going up.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,541

    I don't know if they're fast growing or suitable, but birch trees look lovely with street lights shining through them.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Thanks Paul,  I've already got blackout blinds in the bedroom but I'm worried about the whole  of the house being 'floodlit' and the light does spill around the blinds. At the moment the doomed firs do a good job.  

    Yes, 'The Rickster', I realise I could have a problem with the eucalyptus if it just keeps on growing... 

    I have a horrid feeling I'm going to have to keep the half dead firs regardless of how awful they look.

  • B3, I'm trying to avoid seeing the streetlight :-)  

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,541


    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    It's about time our 'wise-thinking' councils incorporated dazzle shields on street lighting , so the light shines downwards instead of evrywhere else .

    As I'm also interested in astronomy , I appreciate 'dark-skies' ! Fortunately where I reside in Lincolnshire , the sporadic street lights don't interfere with the wonderful views on clear dark autumn/winter nights image.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    PS   evrywhere??????? image meant 'everywhere' !

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,948

    Don't know where you are Val, but you can request that the council fit a "shield" onto the light to prevent it shining into your room. That will at least help with the light problem, even if it doesn't disguise the column ! Several of our neighbours have done this.

    Last edited: 21 September 2017 21:21:23

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Streetlights on our main road are dimmed between midnight and 6am.

    SW Scotland
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