45ft tree crashes down next to homes

Daily Echo: Janet Kiddler pictured with the tree Janet Kiddler pictured with the tree

HOUSEHOLDERS had a narrow escape when a 45ft tree came crashing down just feet from their Southampton homes.

The tree smashed through two fences and destroyed a garden shed when it fell across three gardens in Maybush.

Grandmother-of one Janet Kiddler, 79, was in the kitchen when the eucalyptus tree came smashing through her fence.

But the damage was even greater in neighbour Eileen Bell’s garden, where the tree went through her shed when it came down in a storm on Christmas Day.

Mrs Kiddler said: “I was lucky that I wasn’t in the garden.

“When I turned round and saw the tree and the fence I was just shaking.

“It’s the worst Christmas present I have ever had.”

Grandmother Mrs Bell, 74, added: “I just screamed when I saw the damage.

I was away in London and to go home to that is horrible.

“I was lucky that I wasn’t there.”

The tree was due to be removed today.

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5:15pm Fri 28 Dec 12

nedscrumpo says...

Who let a shallow-rooted, evergreen tree grow that tall?
Who let a shallow-rooted, evergreen tree grow that tall? nedscrumpo

5:38pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Of the Ilk says...

nedscrumpo wrote:
Who let a shallow-rooted, evergreen tree grow that tall?
Where does your information come from? Everything I can find says the roots are extensive and deep.
[quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: Who let a shallow-rooted, evergreen tree grow that tall?[/p][/quote]Where does your information come from? Everything I can find says the roots are extensive and deep. Of the Ilk

5:43pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Stillness says...

Smells nice when you burn it so I hope they have an open fire ;-)
Smells nice when you burn it so I hope they have an open fire ;-) Stillness

6:26pm Fri 28 Dec 12

MGRA says...

Of the Ilk wrote:
nedscrumpo wrote:
Who let a shallow-rooted, evergreen tree grow that tall?
Where does your information come from? Everything I can find says the roots are extensive and deep.
no they are not. The tap roots go deep but the anchoring roots are shallow. These trees are not adapted to our climate and deciduous-type softer soils over clay. They evolved in much harder soils and would rarely last in the wild past a decade or more.... These trees ofter fall down in the UK....
[quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: Who let a shallow-rooted, evergreen tree grow that tall?[/p][/quote]Where does your information come from? Everything I can find says the roots are extensive and deep.[/p][/quote]no they are not. The tap roots go deep but the anchoring roots are shallow. These trees are not adapted to our climate and deciduous-type softer soils over clay. They evolved in much harder soils and would rarely last in the wild past a decade or more.... These trees ofter fall down in the UK.... MGRA

8:13pm Fri 28 Dec 12

nedscrumpo says...

Of the Ilk wrote:
nedscrumpo wrote:
Who let a shallow-rooted, evergreen tree grow that tall?
Where does your information come from? Everything I can find says the roots are extensive and deep.
Eucalyptus Tree Care
www.buzzle.com/artic
les/eucalyptus-tree-
care.htmlThey have a shallow root system, so one should plant them in an area protected from high winds.
[quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: Who let a shallow-rooted, evergreen tree grow that tall?[/p][/quote]Where does your information come from? Everything I can find says the roots are extensive and deep.[/p][/quote]Eucalyptus Tree Care www.buzzle.com/artic les/eucalyptus-tree- care.htmlThey have a shallow root system, so one should plant them in an area protected from high winds. nedscrumpo

8:57pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

Bad jumper
Bad jumper Lockssmart

10:44pm Fri 28 Dec 12

chunky_lover says...

I couldn't agree more - this is something for the fashion police ASAP.
I couldn't agree more - this is something for the fashion police ASAP. chunky_lover

5:47pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Scatgirl says...

Locksmart & chunky_lover - probably a christmas present?
Locksmart & chunky_lover - probably a christmas present? Scatgirl

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