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Large dead Willow tree on riverbank and road edge

Reported via desktop in the Trees and woodland category by Phil Harding at 15:37, Fri 22 September 2023

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 5021938.

The large Willow tree opposite the property known as Sheldrake in Mead Lane, Saltford, is clearly dead (a local arboriculturalist has confirmed this) - see photograph. There is a clear danger that autumn/winter storm winds could cause the dead tree to fall into the river (boats are moored nearby) blocking navigation of the river and/or across the single track lane that is currently the sole access to homes, the sailing club and businesses in Mead lane as well as Wessex Water Sewage Treatment Works where major construction activity is currently underway for expansion of the site's capacity and for the installation of a new access bridge - several lorries use this road for access to Wessex Water many times a day. Furthermore, if the whole tree falls in one go, it could rip out a large chunk of the riverbank undermining the road and also breaking away parts of the bio-engineered rock armour installed by B&NES Council in 2005 to protect the riverbank and roadway from river flow erosion. An urgent inspection is recommended and removal of the tree before autumn/winter storm winds take it down. In recent times this tree has dropped large branches into the roadway, but now the whole tree is dead and needs removing on safety grounds. As can be seen ion the photograph, a narrow boat is currently moored very close to and partially under the tree.

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  • Thank you for your report. We are investigating this issue and will keep your report updated throughout the process.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 09:06, Mon 25 September 2023

  • Council Tree Inspector to inspect tree and assess risks to public safety.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 09:49, Tue 26 September 2023

  • Thanks for reporting this issue. The tree will be added to the winter schedule for felling.

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 15:57, Tue 26 September 2023

  • State changed to: Closed

    Updated by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 07:07, Wed 27 September 2023

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