Trees Thorpe Lane

Update June 2014

From the draft minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting May 5 2014:

"10) Open Forum: 

- Poplar Trees removal Thorpe Lane

The PC has written to LCC-Highways to ask for clarification and the arguments for removal of these trees. The response is published on the Brattleby website (see below). The meeting discussed the arguments and pointed out that the number of trees concerned is 77 and not 60, and that damage to the carriage way was not due to the trees, but to wear and tear and agricultural machinery."

The Annual Parish Meeting decided to write a letter of objection to Highways, with a cc to the landowner and the PC. Ms Vahl to draft a letter reflecting the sentiment of the meeting."

See for the letter on behalf of the APM the attachment below. 

See for the response to the APM letter by Highways the attachment below.

See for a full set of draft minutes the Minutes and Agenda Page

Inquiry by the PC about the Trees

Recently we have received information that 60 poplar trees on Thorpe Lane were to be removed and we have asked Lincolnshire County Council for clarification. We had a reply from Richard Littlewood  as per email below:

•             Why is it essential these 60 trees are removed?

The trees have been planted on LCC verge without our consent, we as the owner will have to accept the liability associated with the management of the trees regardless, the trees (poplar) are large growing varieties and will rapidly outgrow the space available. This is not the type of tree to plant within the highway and I would not recommend the county council plant any tree at this location, the verge is far too narrow. 

•             Why are the trees unsuitable for this location

The trees are large growing varieties and there simply isn’t space for the trees to grow to maturity in this location, the verge is too narrow to support these trees into maturity. Look at the mature poplar tree in Ann Brooks garden, how could such a tree grow successfully on this narrow verge?

•             Would the issue have arisen if it had not been raised by Mr J Wright?

Yes, the problem would have become apparent as the trees outgrew their location / also claims for damage to agricultural  vehicles / lorries (overhanging branches whipping off wing mirrors is a common complaint).

•             Is it essential all of the trees are removed ( is there scope for ‘thinning out’)

                All the trees should be removed ideally before they get any larger, thinning out will just allow the retained trees to girth up faster.

Whilst there is a reluctance to remove these 'much loved' trees and the parish are concerned about altering the character of Brattleby by removing these trees, these trees are not locally characteristic and I would view them all as an unnatural feature in the landscape. For example, highly important locally characteristic species for this part of brattleby would include Field Maple, Hawthorn, Ash, Blackthorn & Dog Rose, less important locally characteristic species would include Dogwood, hazel, midland hawthorn, privet, honeysuckle, crab apple, pedunculate oak, goat willow and Guelder Rose. These Poplar trees have only been planted 15-20yrs ago, removal now will cost a few thousand pounds, leave them for another 20 years before you remove and you are looking at £20-30,000 + the associated infrastructure damage that will inevitably be caused.