Recent storms and gale force winds have recently hit southern Britain, leaving many trees on the ground. Often we find that storms affect weak points on a tree that cause them to collapse and fall in strong windy conditions.
Trees fall for many different reasons, including:
- Trees have a disease
- They are old or dead
- Storm damage
- From harmful decay
- Lightning strikes
- Gail force winds
Most of the time, these trees become unsightly and cause obstructions in roads and in gardens that can be quite dangerous.
Should a tree fall or be damaged on your property, first consult with a qualified tree surgeon. At Dave Ford Tree Care we always strive to give you the best advice we can about the best way to remove a tree or even fell a tree. We have had lots of experience and know exactly how to remove a tree in the safest possible way.
Here are some of the safety implications we consider when we fell a tree.
- Is there room to fell it?
- We always ask that any children and pets are kept away from the area. Particularly when cutting the tree with machinery.
- We always wear suitable safety equipment such as gloves, goggles, helmet, ear defenders, footwear and clothing (personal protective equipment).
- We ensure that we make an escape path should a partially felled tree fall in the wrong direction.
My Tree Has Fallen – Who’s Responsible?
Who owns the tree?
Usually it’s the person that owns the tree that should in fact remove it from any obstruction. A tree will be owned by either the land owner, a business or by the council. If the tree is owned by the council you should report it immediately when you first notice it and wait for further instruction from them.
If you are the owner of a fallen tree that’s on your own property, you should remove the tree from your land. In most circumstances it is usually the owner’s responsibility to remove a tree and clear it.
If you own a tree and it falls onto someone else’s land, you should come to an agreement of how the tree should be dealt with. The financial responsibility for the tree primarily falls to the owner of the tree. Any damages to fences and property is also the owner’s responsibility. Most homeowner’s insurance will cover the costs you may incur. Some policies may also provide coverage for having a qualified arborist come out and remove a fallen tree for you.
If your tree has fallen on a road or within a public area that’s in common use, the local authority may have to take responsibility for its safe removal and bill you.
Remember to frequently inspect your trees to ensure that you are aware of any potential falling trees in the future.
If you would like any advice or assistance with this then please give us a call on 01306 611661.
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