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Woman slams council after trees in Rainham are left ‘massacred’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 May 2016

Residents are concerened about the council cutting trees too severely on Ingrebourne Road in Rainham

Residents are concerened about the council cutting trees too severely on Ingrebourne Road in Rainham

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A woman has said she was horrified to see the green trees close to her home had been given the chop.

Kathy Gibson said: “I was so angry about it when I first walked past, I just thought they had massacred them.

“I hope they have not killed these trees – they were beautiful trees to walk past and were great for the road.

“They now look hideous.”

After seeing the trees in Ingrebourne Road, Rainham, Ms Gibson arranged for a meeting with Havering Council’s tree officer to query the pruning.

She said: “I asked why they had taken the lovely shape of the tree away as there were no low hanging branches and they were not near property.

“I am worried they will continue to cut trees like

this round the rest of the borough.”

Cllr Robert Benham, cabinet member for environment, said: “Our senior arboriculture officer did meet with residents in Ingrebourne Road on March 23, where the pruning of these trees was discussed.

“The officer agreed that the trees had received a hard prune, but would quickly recover and flourish.

“This was explained to the resident at the time.

“We have a variety of tree species across the borough, and they all have differing pruning requirements. All our contractors are trained arborists, and each tree is expertly assessed before it is pruned.”


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