Residents in Lincoln living near an “unsafe” tree that was almost 20 metres high have described the “scary” sight of seeing it lifted up over their houses. The tree, which is thought to be an oak tree around 100 years old, was removed from the rear of a property on Woodfield Avenue in Birchwood on Friday, September 8 due to safety concerns.
Contractors from the City of Lincoln Council confirmed the tree was unsafe due to damage and evacuated neighbouring houses whilst the tree was being removed. Some nearby residents witnessed the tree being lifted over their houses by a crane whilst others returned to a big empty space where it once stood.
Nina Vidolova, 26, who lives in Birchwood, said: “I live next to it and used to see it from my back garden. When they started to remove it the council evacuated the next four neighbours but not us.
“If the tree fell it could damage their houses/gardens but when they cut it all the bigger parts had been removed with a big crane. When it came over our house it was scary to see as well as the more heavy parts going over your house and when the kids are in.”
She added: “It was noisy which is normal and understandable and wasn’t a problem to me. I feel bad it’s gone because it was nice to have a big tree for all the birds and the environment too.”
Toni Barnard, 38, who has lived in Birchwood for 20 years, said: “I was actually away the day removal was arranged. My neighbour messaged me to inform me and then the police called to ensure I had vacated the property.
“The tree was growing from the neighbour’s garden which was at the bottom left of me. I had asked a few times for the tree itself to be trimmed back as its branches covered a lot of the bottom of my garden.”
She added: “When I went home it was very odd not seeing the tree there. The light that now comes into my house is unbelievable.”
A mother of one of the residents, who did not want to share her name, said: “It was overhanging the width of my daughter’s garden which must be at least 15 feet wide. I have on quite a few times said it needs trimming up, I’m absolutely gutted this has happened to the tree.
“It’s an oak tree, it was probably older than the estate so a good 100 years old. If the tree and the trees were maintained and checked every few years this may never have happened.”
She added: “I was there when they were removing some of the branches, it was enormous. I’m sure the neighbours could understand the situation with the noise it couldn’t be helped.”
A spokesperson for City of Lincoln Council said: “On the afternoon of Friday 8 September, the city council received reports of an unsafe tree to the rear of a property on Woodfield Avenue in Birchwood.
“Due to the nature of the damage to the tree, which was almost twenty metres high with a similar-sized crown, our contractor confirmed it was unsafe and worked hard into the evening to make it safe.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank neighbouring properties for their understanding during these essential works, Lincolnshire Police, who attended to help keep the site secure, and also our contractors for their prompt attendance.”