Back onto the subject of my lost sycamores, I asked the Council Tree Officer what the policy was regarding developers and trees, and he knew straight away which house I was referring to. Apparently all three were ‘protected’ by a Tree Preservation Order, but the developer was allowed to cut them down as a concession as they were in ‘terminal decline’. That seems to be one of the old catch-all phrases for council sponsored tree murder, along with ‘it was diseased.’
One of the condtions of their removal was that they are to be replaced with oaks (hopefully native ones!) and that there has to be a new hedge planted to screen the property frontage – my bet is it will be a laurel hedge in front of a huge wall. Most of these house end up looking like high security prisons..
Oh, and the new oaks will be protected by Tree Preservation Orders. That should make us all rest easy in our beds then!