'Lucky no one was killed' as 30ft tree crashes into garden

Keith and Nicky Smith

The section of the 30ft tree that came crashing down

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“IT’S lucky no one was killed.”

Those are the words of a shaken family after part of a 30ft tree crashed down through their garden fence and narrowly missed motorists on a nearby road.

A driver had a narrow escape when it smashed into the back of their car as they drove along Landseer Road, Sholing, yesterday, as falling branches scratched the side of a silver Vauxhall Vectra parked opposite.

The alarm was raised by 15-year-old Adam Smith, a Daily Echo paperboy, who was at his home in Canterbury Avenue when the giant oak tree fell at 11.30am.

His frantic parents Keith and Nicky dashed home and started clearing the road.

Adam said: “I was just watching TV and the dogs started barking, so I came downstairs to have a look.

“There was a loud, slow motion-type noise.”

Mr Smith, 47, a building site manager, said: “It’s a miracle no one was hurt.

“I am surprised that it came down now rather than in the bad winds a few months ago.”

The family told how they paid for tree experts to carry out hundreds of pounds worth of maintenance on it last summer, and were told that it was healthy in 2012.

Tree surgeons will cut down the rest of the oak today after deeming it too dangerous to leave standing.

Mrs Smith, 46, a delivery driver, said: “We have done everything possible to maintain it but nothing had been done to it for years before we moved here.

“We love the tree. We had no issues with it at all because we thought we had done everything to make sure it was OK.

“If Adam had been out on his paper round any earlier he would have been walking past and could have been hit.

“I’m just in disbelief that it could come down like that – it could have killed someone.

“It’s a miracle that no one was hurt.”

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4:20pm Wed 30 Jul 14

mickey01 says...

Get special branch in they will get to the root of the problem
Get special branch in they will get to the root of the problem mickey01
  • Score: 3

5:31pm Wed 30 Jul 14

SAB208 says...

mickey01 wrote:
Get special branch in they will get to the root of the problem
Leaf it out will ya!!
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: Get special branch in they will get to the root of the problem[/p][/quote]Leaf it out will ya!! SAB208
  • Score: 5

7:59pm Wed 30 Jul 14

rjfmusic says...

Its bark's worse than its bite.
Its bark's worse than its bite. rjfmusic
  • Score: 2

9:03pm Wed 30 Jul 14

vpharm says...

My protected oak tree was in distress & new forest national park said it posed a low risk & refused to allow me to lower the height of the tree to minimise risk from this tree. Yet on 26 july 2014 a 30+ foot length of branch collapsed & i regularly sit under that tree. I proved through using a glued on spirit level the tree is moving & used a laser & was ignored for my request to make the tree safe.
National park have seen the tree now & say I have to wait 8 weeks to get permission to work on this tree as they have again said it poses low risk.
What will it take... a death perhaps from someone being crushed under a tree!
My protected oak tree was in distress & new forest national park said it posed a low risk & refused to allow me to lower the height of the tree to minimise risk from this tree. Yet on 26 july 2014 a 30+ foot length of branch collapsed & i regularly sit under that tree. I proved through using a glued on spirit level the tree is moving & used a laser & was ignored for my request to make the tree safe. National park have seen the tree now & say I have to wait 8 weeks to get permission to work on this tree as they have again said it poses low risk. What will it take... a death perhaps from someone being crushed under a tree! vpharm
  • Score: 9

10:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

mike coll says...

Right, they live in sholing (class written allover) wheres the compensation.
Right, they live in sholing (class written allover) wheres the compensation. mike coll
  • Score: 0

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