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Willow Tree Overgrown

Reported via desktop in the Public Trees category anonymously at 12:27, Mon 28 June 2021

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

Willow tree roots are starting to affect residents property and tree is overhanging into property. Please can this be pruned back as soon as possible

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/ fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:28, Mon 28 June 2021

  • To help us action and resolve this issue please could further information be provided as comments to this report. For example information such as a house number or street light column number can greatly help us to correctly identify the location while further details such as the nature and scale of an issue (especially dumped rubbish) assists us co-ordinating an appropriate response.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:11, Thu 8 July 2021

  • This is the tree directly outside our property (141 Court Farm Road, Mottingham SE9 4JW). I am attaching further photos. The first two of the root and the tree were taken in April. The third is taken today from just outside our garden. There is a fourth one (but I cannot see that it has been attached) taken from our side gate. You will see the difference in size and how quickly it has grown

    Posted anonymously at 13:13, Thu 8 July 2021

  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/ fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:49, Thu 8 July 2021

  • Our contractor has been notified to take the appropriate action.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 09:07, Fri 16 July 2021

  • Appropriate action has been taken to resolve the issue.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:46, Wed 11 August 2021

  • The willow tree was pruned and cut down as per the photo last week. It now needs to be poisoned as the roots will continue to grow but obviously this cannot be done until the winter time when the sap stops rising. As stated previously 4 previous attempts to poison the tree did not work (probably because it was done at the wrong time of year!). Could you please arrange for someone to come round and visit the site (as soon as possible and preferably before it is poisoned) so my husband can explain this to them and explain what has happened on previous occasions. Thank you.

    Posted anonymously at 12:00, Wed 11 August 2021

  • Thank you for letting us know. We will arrange for the poisoning of the stumps.

    Thank you

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:22, Wed 25 August 2021

  • Thank you for your reply. We would really appreciate someone coming round so that we can explain what has happened in the past and ensure that the poisoning is done at the right time of year when the sap is no longer rising. Given that there have been 4 previous unsuccessful attempts to poison the tree would it not be better (and more cost effective) to remove the stump to prevent any future root regrowth?

    Posted anonymously at 12:39, Wed 25 August 2021

  • A job for the stump to be ground has been raised. Job number 3233913 This can take up to five weeks. Thank you

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:45, Fri 10 September 2021

  • Thank you for your update informing us that the tree stump will be grounded. This is not going to solve the problem of the roots so could you please confirm that some form of poison will also be used to kill off the roots. I attach 3 photos - the first shows the tree stump and the plugs where poison was supposedly administered. On the day they did the tree stump they also did some other pruning. The second picture shows how the site was left and the third picture is the tree stump now which as you can see is growing again. We put the paving slabs down as a lot of other small stumps were left sticking out the ground and could have caused serious injury to animals or people. As this area has now been extensively cut back we are now getting people close to the property. During the school holidays there was a group of children attending a holiday club over the field. They were also playing in this area and we had to alert them to the danger.

    Could you please therefore confirm that the area will be made safe and that the appropriate steps will be taken to poison the roots once the tree is grounded to avoid the risk of any damage to our property as the roots will continue to grow.

    We have asked this before but could you please send someone round who is trained in this area so that we can explain the problem to them.

    Thank you.

    Posted anonymously at 10:26, Fri 17 September 2021

  • As outlined previously Bromley have raised works with our contractor for the poisoning and grinding out of the stumps. Similarly to the application of common law for overhanging branches, land owners can cut back any roots they encounter on their property. Beyond the works noted above no further action will be taken by Bromley Council and this report will now be closed on FixMyStreet. Thank you

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:25, Mon 11 October 2021

  • Could you please confirm when the tree stump is going to be ground and poisoned

    Posted anonymously at 11:31, Sat 23 October 2021

  • Our contractor has been notified to take the appropriate action.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:17, Tue 16 November 2021

  • The stump will be ground by the end of December, however the suckers from the tree will probably still grow in your garden. It is the nature of this type of tree.

    Thank you

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:18, Tue 16 November 2021

  • Thank you for your update but the original job was for the stump to also be poisoned as has been attempted on the previous 4 occasions

    Posted anonymously at 12:47, Tue 16 November 2021

  • Grinding the stump will not stop the roots going - it also needs to be poisoned

    Posted anonymously at 12:49, Tue 16 November 2021

  • See above.

    The stump will be ground by the end of December, however the suckers from the tree will probably still grow in your garden. It is the nature of this type of tree.

    Thank you

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:39, Tue 30 November 2021

  • Due to unforeseen staffing issues this is yet to still be completed. We apologises for the delay and are currently trying to schedule these works in. Thank you for your patience.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:08, Thu 16 December 2021

  • Appropriate action has been taken to resolve the issue.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 14:21, Friday 21 January 2022

  • Can you please tell me why this has been marked as fixed. The stump has NOT been ground - it is still there

    Posted by Sally Felton at 11:55, Friday 28 January 2022

  • Thank you for letting us know that the stump has not yet been ground out, this should have been done by now. We will contact our contractors. This will be ground as soon as possible.

    Thank you

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:52, Friday 28 January 2022

  • Sorry, this is not fixed but in progress.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:59, Friday 28 January 2022

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Bromley Council at 13:56, Friday 28 January 2022

  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/ fixservices

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:25, Friday 11 March 2022

  • Thank you for your patience whilst we work to resolve your enquiry. The issue is being investigated by the Tree Officer from your area who will be in contact in due course.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:27, Friday 11 March 2022

  • We have investigated this report and have made contact with the report originator to outline further details. This report is now closed on FixMyStreet.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:43, Tuesday 22 March 2022

  • Please see the photos which I have taken this afternoon. You have sent me an update saying no further action but as you can see the stump has NOT been ground or removed. We have asked you this on numerous occasions but could you please send some one round so that we can explain why the stump needs to be removed (and poisoned) and the implications if it is not

    Posted by Sally Felton at 16:19, Wednesday 23 March 2022

  • Thank you for your comments which have been forwarded to the relevant tree officer to investigate who will reply in due course.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:57, Monday 4 April 2022

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