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Large tree outside 117 needs heavy pruning

Reported via desktop in the Hedge Pruning category anonymously at 14:41, Tue 17 August 2021

Sent to Hackney Council less than a minute later

I contacted the council several years ago to ask if the London Plane tree outside 117 Cazenove Road could be included in the annual pollarding schedule of trees along the adjacent Fountayne Road. The tree was pruned once, but it has not happened since. The tree is now even larger and is blocking too much light from reaching the windows of the house and is also affecting plants and lawn in the front garden at 117. We also had to re-route a drain at the front of the house due to ingress of tree roots. Could you please arrange for it to be pruned and consider adding it tp the annual schedule.

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  • It's still pretty huge! Any thoughts on whether it can be added to the annual pollarding programme for London plane trees along Fountayne Road nearby?

    Posted anonymously at 16:21, Fri 15 October 2021

  • Hi! Just following up on the pruning of this tree. Ideally the tree would be pruned further before summer to avoid the same problems as last year.

    Posted anonymously at 12:42, Wed 22 December 2021

  • Good morning, to answer this enquiry, with the acception of three trees (one of which is involved in an insurance claim, two due to poor health), the London Plane trees lining Cazenove Road are managed in a naturalistic manner and are not pollarded, instead promoting natural form and growth for the benefit of both the tree itself and the local community.

    These trees were planted by the Victorians and are as much part of the London landscape as any structure from this time period. The benefit of trees in the urban landscape is hard to quantify but many studies have been conducted which clearly show their intrinsic value. Not only that, the health and environmental benefits offered from the absorption of Carbon Dioxide and the production of Oxygen from these larger trees, London Plane trees in particular, is incredibly important to the ecosystem of the inner city.

    As a Green borough, we are committed to considering the environment and our impact upon it at all times; we are currently part of a Climate initiative to plant 5000 new tree trees. We really do hope that future generations will look to how Hackney has managed and developed its tree stock as an example of ecologically sound urban tree management.

    As the local authority we do have a duty of care to ensure that all the trees situated on council managed land are dutifully inspected and maintained to ensure public safety and to mitigate possible nuisance. As a general rule we aim to prune the growth of trees to a distance of 1.5-2 meters from all property. In this case, all of the London Plane trees outside of properties along Cazenove road are set back far enough to maintain this clearance with light pruning. The tree outside of 117 has been inspected in August of this year and recently pruned in November of this year. The tree will continue to be monitored and inspected on a tri-annual basis and any remedial works needed as a result of these inspections will be issued as and when.

    I hope this answers your question, please don't hesitate to contact us at if you have any further queries.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 09:38, Thu 23 December 2021

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