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Enquiry about the tree from Robert Dixon from Sudborough parish Council, this has been bouncing around via e-madam

Reported via desktop in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 15:31, Saturday 6 May 2023

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 4515896.

The attached Land Registry plan shows the relevant section of Main Street in Sudborough. The tree we are concerned about is a weeping willow and it stands at the eastern end of a triangular shaped area of verge on the northern side of Main Street. The area of verge in question lies to the west of the property shown on the plan as Brook House. At the western end of the area of verge is a de-commissioned telephone box. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding it. Although I have not spoken to them myself, I understand the owners of Brook House are sure the triangular area of verge does not form part of their property. Their belief, which is shared by everyone I have spoken to, is that the area of verge belongs to the Highway Authority. That seems logical because the area is immediately adjacent to Main Street with nothing in between other than a pavement. The other two sides of the triangular area are bounded by high stone walls. I’m not an expert in trees but it looks to me as though the weeping willow is suffering either from lack of water to its roots or from some other kind of deficiency. Whatever the cause, the tree has for at least the past 7 or 8 months looked very sick whereas previously it had always been healthy looking. For what it’s worth, my wife and I had a large weeping willow in the garden of our last house and that tree also at one stage started to look very sick. We called in a tree specialist who advised that certain nutrients be injected into the ground around the base of the tree. This was done and the tree duly recovered and returned to full health. We never found out the reason for the tree’s sickness. It was simply “one of those things”. If you could give the parish council some guidance as to why the tree might be suffering, and what might be done by whom to remedy the problem, that would be greatly appreciated. I hope this helps. Kind regards Robert Dixon

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. Officers will now investigate the concerns and this may take up to 5 working days. If you believe that your concerns are urgent then please phone us.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 15:31, Saturday 6 May 2023

  • Investigation: Ongoing - We can advise that a tree report will be carried out by our specialist arboriculturist contractor. Any recommended tree works identified in the report will be programmed to be carried out. The report should be carried out within two months’ time. Please be assured that you will receive an update once we have further information.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:01, Wednesday 10 May 2023

  • Investigation: Completed (Defect Found), Defect Repair: Not Started - We can confirm that the tree is to be removed within six months. We will update the report when this is completed.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 08:49, Thursday 18 May 2023

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