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Substantial branches overhanging tennis courts

Reported via desktop in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 16:58, Monday 22 April 2024

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5885840.

A number of substantial branches from just one tree are overhanging the north-east corner of the Tugmutton Common tennis courts. The lower hanging branches have grown significantly in size and weight over the past five years and are now causing a hazard to tennis players, particularly in the main summer season. The tree also drops acorns onto the courts every autumn, causing a significant trip hazard. Please could these branches be pruned back beyond the court fencing to alleviate the hazard? We are also about to have some re-surfacing work done on the courts and the dropping of debris onto the courts will be a further hindrance. Bromley council have made a significant financial grant to the club for the re-surfacing and will want to protect their investment. You can cross-check this request with our liaison officer, Jade, or the ideverde Project Manager, Andy Simpson. Many thanks in anticipation. Kind regards, David Howell, Farnborough Tennis Club.

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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: fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 16:58, Monday 22 April 2024

  • In line with LBB Tree Mgt Strategy, we will undertake a minimal crown thin to only cut back a few secondary or tertiary branch tips that overhang the tennis court and remove deadwood or crossed limbs. We will not cut beyond the fence boundary. We will not cut primary limbs as this is not in line with best arboricultural management practice or industry standard for tree works to mature trees. For more information about our pruning standards, please read the full details at trees

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:36, Monday 20 May 2024

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

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:38, Monday 20 May 2024

  • Appropriate action has been taken to resolve the issue.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:56, Monday 3 June 2024

  • Thank you for taking action to prune some of the branches of the over-hanging trees. However, on closer inspection today, it looks like only two small branches have been cut. Although these were lower hanging branches - and their removal is helpful for our tennis players - we do feel that more of the secondary & tertiary over-hanging branches could be pruned, without cutting primary limbs. As per my original report, the tree also drops acorns onto the courts every autumn, causing a significant trip hazard. Removing further branches would mitigate this hazard and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries for our tennis players. Could you please consider undertaking some further pruning work? Kind regards, David Howell, Farnborough Tennis Club.

    Posted anonymously at 21:46, Monday 3 June 2024

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:03, Monday

  • We have reviewed the works undertaken by our tree surgeons and they are the correct works for these mature oak trees at this location. We understand the issues regarding autumnal leaf loss and seed drop which can be mitigated through leaf / seed clearance. No further works will be undertaken at this time in line with the LBB Tree Management strategy. Please see Tree Management Strategy Trees – London Borough of Bromley

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:41, Monday

  • This tree has been inspected and is not considered to require remedial works at this time. Bromley will only undertake works to a tree for an identified health & safety or highway obstruction issue. The situation will be reviewed cyclically and any required action will be addressed within a future works programme.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:47, Monday

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