Minor works to tree covered by a TPO

Minor works to tree covered by a TPO

Postby Collaborate » Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:33 am

We have a Hawthorn in our back garden that has been subject to a TPO for the last 5 years.

We recently removed a eucalyptus that was next to it, which was interfering with passing passenger jets cruising at altitude (and which turned out to have internal rot), and so it has more light now. We're hoping it will improve in health without all that competition (it's dropped its leaves by the beginning of September in previous years).

Anyway, with the removal of the eucalyptus we have noticed that the attractive fan shape has been spoiled by two thin but long branches that droop down on one side. Previously I think they were supported by the eucalyptus.

My wife says we should just chop them off. I have looked at the form we'd need to complete with the local authority, and although cumbersome, and it will take a few weeks before they get back to us, it is free, and I'd rather we weren't prosecuted.

Has anyone any experience to offer? We'd rather not get a specialist in for what is, in essence, a trifling little job that I could do in less than 5 minutes.
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Re: Minor works to tree covered by a TPO

Postby arsie » Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:58 pm

Tree officers are funny things. Why not find his name, take pics and email him. Explain the reason for the uneven growth (or he will wonder). As eucalyptus is a non native species (says he without checking) I don't think he will be bothered. Our ex neighbours planted an acacia - she South African, a ribald song from the '90s springs to mind - and dozens of offspring grow in my lawn every year :evil:

edit: hawthorn are thirsty blighters I hope it isn't too close to any foundations!
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Re: Minor works to tree covered by a TPO

Postby Collaborate » Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:46 pm

Worth a go I think. I'll ring them on Monday.
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