|Address||25 Shaplands Bristol BS9 1AY
|Proposal||T1 and T2 Silver Birch - Crown reduce 1.5m. T3 Silver Birch - Fell.|
|Type||Works to Trees in Conservation Areas|
|Neighbour Consultation Expiry||09-03-21|
|Decision||Preservation Order NOT REQUIRED|
|BCC Planning Portal||on Planning Portal|
|Public Comments||Supporters: 0 Objectors: 2 Total: 2|
|No. of Page Views||0|
|Comment analysis||Date of Submission|
|Nearby Trees||Within 200m|
This Application is almost a re-run of the Application withdrawn but days ago - 21/00109/VC, so I repeat what I said then. "I object on principle to the removal of yet more trees from this development. Hardly a month passes without applications for trees to be removed from this enclave - in a Conservation Area. Trees are of benefit. People will discover that too late."
There is not an Application form published with this current Application - maybe it has all been done by correspondence with BCC that is not loaded on to the Planning Portal, or is it an omission?
The Application form, together with the other Documents - has been removed from Application 21/00109/VC.
We cannot thus see a reason for the felling and the heavy pruning - not as if reasons have to be given for work to trees in a Conservation Area, unlike for trees with a TPO. If my memory serves me correctly the reason given last time was that the trees' roots are leading to some drive pavior "heave".
If this latest Application is granted it could lead to the same result as the last Application's aims, which was for the felling of all three trees. Maybe that is the aim of the Applicant - to remove them - we don't know. It could just be that the end result - the loss of the trees - will be delayed by a couple of years, as it might be one down and the other two left behind to die. It will have to be left to the professional expertise of the Tree Officer to judge if the trees can withstand this degree of a "trim", and have a reasonable chance of survival; and also advise as to when in the course of the year that should be done, if permission is granted.
A 1.5 metre crown reduction - if it should lead to a more than 30% reduction in the size of the crown overall - would certainly be very harmful and could lead to the loss of the trees. Trees live through their leaves and the size of their crowns is not decorative - the volume of leaves reflects their needs.
I have recently read that now is not the time to prune Silver Birch trees. They bleed heavily as a reaction to pruning if this is done during the Spring and early Summer whilst they are actively growing. IF it has to be done, it is advisable to leave any pruning works to late summer / early autumn, to reduce the risk of disease, which is heightened when they are bleeding sap.
It is challenging being a tree in an urban setting. They seem to "get in the way" and all those fallen leaves are a nuisance - requiring clearing up. I sympathise. I have a huge Council-owned Silver Birch tree in front of my house. Leaves and seeds get everywhere, including in the house and car. Yet without trees in towns and cities the air quality plummets and we become unhappy. And there is no shade, and there are no wind breaks. The lack of shade leads to a rise in temperature creating a warmer urban micro-climate. Their visual amenity is beyond understanding until they are not there, and of course it is too late by then. We have a moral and a civic duty to retain trees. Much of the scientific research work that has been done about the value of trees as "moppers up of pollution" has been done with Silver Birch trees as the subject tree.
I quote from an article on the Internet: "Yet, the right type of tree planted in the right place can undoubtedly be an excellent air purifier and help filter out both carbon dioxide and harmful particulate matter (PM). .............. The silver birch is one such variety. The leaves are covered in tiny hairs and ridges, which help trap the pollution particles. When it rains, the particles that have come to rest on the leaves are washed off so the cleaning/filtration process can begin again.
Silver birch foliage is also rather sparse, which means the air can easily circulate up through its branches and pollution can escape.................... In fact, the silver birch is capable of removing 40 tonnes of C02 from air in 20 years, according to one study.
Furthermore, BBC research showed that an avenue of silver birch trees planted along a busy urban road was responsible for reducing PMs by up to 60% in the homes of the residents living alongside them."
The roots of the Silver Birch are not as vigorous as say the roots of an Oak or a Willow. If tree roots are damaging the foundations of a house and causing subsidence then that is a different situation - although remediation for that is also a possibility. But I'll take a guess and suggest that lifting the paving slabs of a driveway and dealing with any heave, and with any roots found to be causing that heave, is a possible alternative solution?
I don't envy the job of Tree Officer in a city. They are damned if they permit fellings and challenged if they don't. It is up to us really not to fell trees, or damage them to a degree resulting in their death, unless it is really necessary for the health of the tree or for public safety.