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McRazzMcRazz Posts: 378
edited November 2022 in Wildlife gardening
We live within the Ashdown Forest AONB in East Sussex just outside a town with a very bad reputation for over development. 

Recently an out of town landowner decided that it was time to remove all of the mature trees that border our property, presumably to jump on the development bandwagon whilst our towns local plan is in limbo. (I should add the landowner is a Conservative councillor who stood on a mandate as a 'sustainability champion' - you can't make it up)

Before we could act 4 spectacular Quercus Robur were felled and in an instant our little semi-detached cottage was moved from a rural, wooded environment to effectively an exposed field. 

Fortunately the tenants that rented the plot from the landowner stopped the tree surgeons from doing any further damage, but not before he spitefully girdled a 5th oak and left.

Anyway, long story short, a group consisting of ourselves and our neighbours wrote to the local tree officer who popped over within days and placed a temporary TPO on the whole site to prevent any further works. To say he was horrified is an understatement - In fact he called the tree surgeon there and then and gave him a dressing down for girdling a healthy tree and for allegedly exceeding his yearly felling quota!

Unfortunately the damage had already mostly been done, however there were still 3 Oaks and 2 Birches that remained within the vicinity of our property. Needless to say we immediately requested that a specific order be placed on these particular trees.

6 months later and despite representations from the landowner the order has been ratified and we can now enjoy the trees that are left for years to come!

Faith in the system restored, when it works, however more questions than answers - How is it that somebody can effectively just fell an entire wood of spectacular trees on a whim?!

Has anybody else ever had a similar experience?



  • @fidgetbones has a sad tale to tell ... if she's around ...

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,022
    It makes financial sense for the developers to just do it and pay the fine
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • McRazzMcRazz Posts: 378
    B3 said:
    It makes financial sense for the developers to just do it and pay the fine

    and when they're required to replace the tree its usually something like replacing a 250 year old oak with an 18-20cm girth field maple that eventually dies through neglect.

    I should know, the local authorities have asked me to tender for the works on more than one occasion, which is always politely declined. 
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I wish I hadn't read your post McRazz, it's made me angry beyond measure. I can imagine how you were feeling when they felled them. Any tree is bad enough but to take down oaks on the premise of building on the land is wicked. I know we need more housing but the trees could have been taken into consideration. I don't rate that tree surgeon at all.
    I'm pleased that the others have been saved. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • McRazzMcRazz Posts: 378
    As they were being felled my wife was crying and both my neighbours were crying (I was at work, trying not to cry)

    We measured the stumps and one tree was nearly 300 years old and the others were well over 100, so not small scrubby undergrowth by any measure!

    The tree surgeon has been blacklisted by the local tree officer and i believe under investigation from the Forestry Commission (but i'm told that very rarely leads to prosecution, unfortunately).

    Its the speculative element of the whole exercise that upsets me; indiscriminate removal of trees in the belief that you 'might' get planning approval. And if not? Just shrug your shoulders and walk off, after all you don't live in the area so are unaffected by your destructive actions. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,633
    Can you name and shame the Conservative Councillor on Local News etc?
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    Utterly despicable @McRazz, but sadly - this is how so many of these people seem to operate nowadays, and as @B3 says, they just pay the fines and carry on regardless.

    The fact that you describe what's likely to happen re that tree surgeon says it all.  :|
    Hopefully, the remaining trees will be exactly that - remaining.

    As @Dovefromabove says - @fidgetbones had a really horrible situation a while ago, in the same vein. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • McRazzMcRazz Posts: 378
    I find it rather perverse that we have all these well publicised campaigns for planting tiny whips and hedges with authority figures clambering over themselves to be pictured with a shovel or unveiling a plaque...yet we can just walk out back and fell a 250 year old tree. 

    We have our first born due in April and i'm looking forward to being able to teach them about the importance of the trees we have left and how its our duty to protect them for the next generation. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    They're only interested in what their dumb photo opportunities do for them @McRazz.  They don't care about anything else.
    The saddest thing of all is that this behaviour is no longer surprising  :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    punkdoc said:
    Can you name and shame the Conservative Councillor on Local News etc?
    I'd do that without hesitation
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
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