Statement: collapse of tree

“This mature, well established London Plane tree was last inspected in January 2020 as part of the borough’s three yearly, street tree inspection programme. Several fungal brackets were recorded as being present at the base but otherwise the tree appeared healthy. It was noted for additional inspection this summer to further check on the fungal brackets and general tree health.

“Whilst this tree appeared healthy above ground, with a full green canopy: the unexpected collapse of the tree pulled roots from beneath the footway and these were found to be decayed.

“We will review the record of inspections to ensure a revisit of trees noted as requiring additional inspection this summer.

“This was a very dramatic collapse and I’m very happy and relieved that nobody was injured.”

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