Friday, 3 May 2019

COUNCIL'S REPLY TO PRUNING TREES.


I was so distressed watching the mother squirrel moving her babies, and after reading some of your comments, I wrote to the council.
Here is the reply

Dear Briony

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately we have a large tree stock in Brighton and Hove that needs to be pruned in a relatively small window of time. Due to fresh Elm wounds attracting Elm bark beetles which carry Elm disease, we have to operate in the colder months in order to carry out our duties.

Our contractors Connick Tree Care are aware of their responsibilities and check every tree for birds nests before they prune each tree. Unfortunately we cannot clear trees of all wildlife before we carry out works but we ensure that we do everything that we can to minimise the impact of the tree pruning on the local wildlife.   

Kind Regards

Not much help there.
I replied explaining that in Scotland and Wales there is a cut off period for pruning the trees.
Also I wouldn't call May a cold month.
Let's see if we get and answer to that.
I know that we have the last big standing of Elm trees in the country, saved due to the Downs I think, but then they should concentrate on them first in my opinion.

Can't you tell I'm all fired up, lol

16 comments:

  1. I'd hardly call May a cold month either! That's the first thing that came to my mind too.

    We NEED people all fired up to get past the bureaucracy, because they often make it a real slog to get any change. On behalf of the critters, I thanks ya :)

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  2. Round our way, the local farmers cut all the roadside hedges - they do it in March and then again around September. They're not allowed to do it in spring/summer, even when the hedges have grown really bushy, as they can't do it during nesting season. No, May isn't a cold month, I reckon they're making the rules up as they go along!

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  3. Good for you, you are my hero! I totally agree with your answer to my comment. ALL of wildlife is made by God, and valuable. I feel the same about what they call weeds, which I call wildflowers. Just because a plant is invasive and sturdy does not make it worthless! Weeds have some of the most beautiful blooms. When you kill off one thing, it sets off a delicate balance. I even told Phil that when I die, I want my flowers to be wildflowers! Daisies, dandelions, wild violets.

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  4. I will be interested to see what their answer is, if we say nothing, nothing will ever happen.

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  5. Well done Briony. I would also suggest contacting your local councillors to express your concern.

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  6. Well done for doing something about it. It should make them think that there are people concerned about our wildlife and are willing to stand up for them.

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  7. Good for you contacting them. I'm surprised you got a response. I'm not so sure that would happen here.

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  8. You should be grateful that they bother to prune the trees. In Sheffield they have simply chopped down hundreds of perfectly healthy street trees.

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  9. You did get a reply, perhaps you gave them pause for thought. Good for you.

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  10. We Have to pay for out trees to be pruned unless the are in the way or the electrical wires. We had some beetles destroy our pine trees and I know how hard that impacts every one. It is nice to know you are aware of the environment and care more people should :) take care hugs from Carollyn!

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  11. It's so sad to think of wildlife being disregarded in this way, no wonder you're fired up, especially after that reply, what a load of rubbish. They should employ more people to get the work carried out in a more timely fashion, May is not a cold month and spring is the time when there's lots of babies around.

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  12. Good for you for writing to them. At least you heard back even if it might not make complete sense. Not a difficult task to check a tree thoroughly before cutting into it. Even here, it's the season of baby birds and this is the desert, so I can imagine it's very busy over there with baby critters. If work was only done during colder weather in this country, nothing would ever be accomplished.

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  13. That's such a non-answer. And like you, I wouldn't call May a cold month. Why didn't they prune in February, for goodness' sake?

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  14. This reply doesn't surprise me, councils are not what they used to be.... and if I hear one more person say 'it's government cuts' aaarrrggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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