|Address||Coombe Rocke West Rocke Avenue Bristol BS9 2AN
|Proposal||T1 Wellingtonia Giant Redwood - Fell TPO 1083/R|
|Type||Tree Preservation Order|
|BCC Planning Portal||on Planning Portal|
|Public Comments||Supporters: 0 Objectors: 20 Total: 20|
|No. of Page Views||0|
|Comment analysis||Date of Submission|
|Nearby Trees||Within 200m|
This tree is mapped on Trees of Bristol
This Giant Redwood Is one (T3) of a group of five trees protected by Group TPO 1083/R which was confirmed in November 2008. It is located on the southern end of what appears to be a garage, which Planning evidence suggests was built within its root zone some time in the 1960s. It is very likely that the trees roots were damaged during construction of both the garage and the house to the west of it. Despite this, the tree has survived for over fifty years.
The tree has a mean diameter of 1.4 metres (based on the measurement made in May 2019). This gives it a CAVAT value of £261,260. The tree is highly visible from Coombe Lane and West Coombe and from the surrounding area generally, so has a high public visual amenity. Given this, it is surprising that the views of the surrounding neighbourhood about this application are not being sought.
Given its status, the applicant has, we suggest, to discharge a high burden of proof to justify the destruction of this tree. The applicant has failed to do this.
The incomplete arboricultural report (we invite the applicant to disclose the full report, especially as the report disclosed refers to sections that are missing) relied on is, at best speculative.
The nature of the bark of this species makes mallet tapping of little value. All the other invasive tests found no evidence of decay or any other defects. No evidence is given as to the significance, if any, of the ‘unusual, pronounced vertical ribbing’ found or why ‘long sections of the bark between the ribs appear sunken and depleted’.
The use of Google Map Streetview images has little if any diagnostic value. The quality of the six images of the tree from Coombe Lane to the north of the tree taken between 2008 and 2015 is variable with some sections out of focus or over exposed given the brightness of the southern sky beyond the tree.
The four images between 2009 and 2015 taken from West Coombe are slightly better and do indeed show a lean (not measured in the report) in the tree towards the north east but we can see little if any evidence of dieback in either set of images and there is little if any evidence that we can see that the tree has declined in this period.
The presence of a ‘pronounced buttress to NE’ suggests that the lean is of longstanding and the tree has compensated for it. There is no evidence that the lean is either recent or progressive.
The speculation about pathogens is just that, speculation. No evidence has been found of any disease.
All trees have a risk of sudden failure, either in whole or in part, and of causing ‘serious harm’ thereby. There is not evidence that the risk of this is any greater in this tree than is normal.
If the tree is indeed in decline, then there is no reason why this cannot be conservatively managed pro tem. If limbs are found to be at risk of failing then they can be cut back or, if necessary, removed.
The applicant has failed to show that there is any reason why this tree needs to be felled now.