Council tree blocking light

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Ceebee13
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Council tree blocking light

Postby Ceebee13 » Mon Dec 20, 2021 2:58 pm

Hi all

We are planning to buy a house, but excited Google streetview-ing has revealed that there is a HUGE TREE to the side of the house (end of terrace) which would block all the light into the back of the house and south-west facing garden.

As the house is on an east/west axis, this means the front of the house will get a bit of light up until mid-morn and then the rest of the house will be in shadow for the rest of the day. This will mainly be a problem in summer when the tree is in full bloom. It was bare when we recently viewed the house so we just hadn’t quite realised the extent of the problem.

I assume the council won’t entertain cutting it down. There is some overhang which we would be entitled to cut down (there’s no tree preservation order - I checked), but it’s on the shadow side of the tree so won’t make any difference to light to the house anyway.

Does anyone have any advice / experience on this?! We’re devastated as we adore the house and would love to be able to go ahead.
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Re: Council tree blocking light

Postby chorister » Mon Dec 20, 2021 4:20 pm

I hope that the Council don't allow it to be cut down - we need to be planting more trees, not chopping them down.  This climate stuff is going to need sacrifices by all of us ...............
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Re: Council tree blocking light

Postby Brochu » Wed Dec 22, 2021 3:38 am

chorister wrote:
Mon Dec 20, 2021 4:20 pm
I hope that the Council don't allow it to be cut down - we need to be planting more trees, not chopping them down.  This climate stuff is going to need sacrifices by all of us ...............

I totally agreed with you on that. Conseils sur le sexe et la sexualité : Osex
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Postby chorister » Wed Dec 22, 2021 9:15 am

Thank you - I should add that my original comment was not meant to be critical of the original poster, who I don't know.  I merely wanted to highlight that many of us - perhaps by now a majority - are theoretically very concerned about the climate, but all too often balk when individual sacrifices are needed.
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Postby this_is_cat » Tue Jan 04, 2022 6:49 am

The council regularly pollards trees

All the ones on our road get done every few years

You could speak to them about potentially pollarding it (even potentially at your own expense?) but it would depend on which species the tree is
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Re: Council tree blocking light

Postby Bunnyboots » Tue Jan 04, 2022 9:33 am

On the other hand you could get joy from observing all the birds and wildlife that live in the tree. I bought a property that had three large yew trees in the back garden. They do block the light to the back upstairs room a bit but the hours of pleasure they give us watching the birds and squirrels in them make up for it. They are a point of interest too, being hundreds of years old. What I am trying to say is you might be better off embracing the potential pleasure the tree could provide rather than seeing it as a problem. The council won’t remove it (nor should they!) so if it is going to cause anguish I would look for another house.
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Postby dudette » Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:09 pm

I imagine it won’t be long before the council takes a wrecking ball to it. Where we are they have pruned the trees on my road so viciously they are little more than stumps. We have a really beautiful tree outside our back garden which handily blocks views into our house but every few years the council come when it’s in full leaf and brutalise it. It’s so upsetting, especially when we are not allowed to cut back the huge tree in our garden (and which blocks light to our neighbours) by more than 30%.
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