Friday, February 15, 2008

Clayhall Loggers

tree stumps in left to right: Wensleydale Avenue, Clayhall Avenue and Chalgrove Crescent Not content with deforestation in South East Asia and elsewhere, loggers have now started on Clayhall. While Area Committees are allocating funds to plant trees along our roads - Trees are now disappearing from the kerbsides. Is there a local black market for timber? Can anyone explain?


  1. An explanation has been requested from the Council's Tree Officer
    together with a request for replacements


  2. A couple of weeks ago, the Council Chainsaw Man and his mate attacked the fabulous double-white blossom cherry tree outside our house.

    Despite being yelled at by us two dressing-gown clad pensioners, they merrily sawed away, informing us that pedestrians were in danger of banging their heads on the overhanging branches. Given that the said branches were approx 8ft above the pavement, we felt this was unlikely.

    I telephoned Cllr Moth (this is 8.20am) and he was at our bungalow 15 mins later, having phoned a Tree Officer and arranged for him to visit us.

    (This shows why Cllr Moth is a GOOD THING).

    Said (very nice)Tree Officer explained that it is the LAW that branches lower than 2.5 metres must be lopped, as they are hazardous - he was 'concerned' that branches very obviously higher than this had been sawn off. I said that perhaps all pavement trees should be removed in case people bumped into them in the dark, but for some reason, this was not taken seriously -

    until now, apparently!

  3. Esther Rantzen used to dish out hats for this kind of behaviour. It was known as "jobsworth".

  4. From my own investigations there is one particular Redbridge Council Officer who has interpreted the H&S ruling on Street Trees - any tree 2 degrees from the ultimate Vertical, is deemed a traffic hazard. Similarly this same officer claims that there are (to date) 14 different reasons for felling this otherwise perfectly ideal and perfectly healthy Street Trees. There may one other reason fro felling these while in bloom at this time - the trees are varieties of Prunus Pissardii. It is no use asking for replacements for perfectly ideal street trees, for this council is planting really unsuitable street trees in their place. You may have seen them - the ones that drop apples, pears or other fruit at various times of the year, some even dropping the fruit over a period of seven or eight months. Redbridge Also has the Policy - I am told - that one complaint causes the death of that tree for whatever reason. Maybe it is time for the elected Councillors to check the contracts to ascertain the true cost of this archaic practice? Is there anyone out there brave enough?

  5. Extra to the Comment by Judith - Pleaase go back to the Tree Officer - there is no LAW that branches lower-than 2.5 metres must be lopped - however, there is Guidance that Transport Companies who run Buses may remove outward-from-the-kerb (or similar position) all branches to the height of a one double-deck bus plus one-fifth of the said height of the vehicle.
    If the tree Officer has his way - by (to my mind) gross misinterpretation of the Guidance Notes - then all street trees MUST BE disposed of.

  6. Cherry is a highly-prized wood for furniture, as is Malus (apple varieties) - due to the shortage of Prunus Serotina other, previously unused varieties are now quite common for timber especially veneers. The Burr of these trees - normally taken from the Grafting point (the lowest part of the trunk) is extremely valuable in the current furniture market.

  7. Richard,
    The tree diagonally opposite the stump shown in Wensleydale Avenue [far left] is about 30degrees from vertical, albeit leaning away from the road. It remains there!!!

  8. Can you fell councillors if they lean marginally from the vertical? A list comes to mind......