Historic tree has to be cut down

Basingstoke Gazette: Historic tree has to be cut down Historic tree has to be cut down

IT was a tall order but, sadly, one of the biggest trees in Basingstoke had to be cut down to size.

The 180-year-old sequoia tree, in Ferguson Close, Cranbourne, measuring 28 metres at its height, was thought to be one of Basingstoke’s oldest trees.

Concerns were raised by forest craftsman Tim Horrobin about the safety of the tree, which was located just five metres away from the owner’s home.

After showing officers at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council pictures of the tree, which had a protection order placed on it, it was agreed that the tree would have to face the chop.

Mr Horrobin led the team that took down the tree in a three-day project.

He told The Gazette: “It is a shame the tree had to come down but the neighbours are safe now. Everybody loves the tree but their safety is paramount, and the tree has out-grown its purpose.”

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6:43pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mighty Antar says...

This would have been one of many estate trees planted around a large house called Coombehurst that was built sometime around 1880 and stood roughly where the backs of the houses in this part of Ferguson Close now stand. The tree was already large enough to be shown on the map before Ferguson Close was built in the early 1960s which makes you wonder why they built these houses quite so close to it!
This would have been one of many estate trees planted around a large house called Coombehurst that was built sometime around 1880 and stood roughly where the backs of the houses in this part of Ferguson Close now stand. The tree was already large enough to be shown on the map before Ferguson Close was built in the early 1960s which makes you wonder why they built these houses quite so close to it! Mighty Antar

8:49am Tue 17 Dec 13

Buster Preciation says...

Interesting story. Shame the Baz Gaz photographer wasn't there a bit earlier to capture the before and after shots.
Interesting story. Shame the Baz Gaz photographer wasn't there a bit earlier to capture the before and after shots. Buster Preciation

10:46am Wed 18 Dec 13

robertspet8 says...

Buster Preciation wrote:
Interesting story. Shame the Baz Gaz photographer wasn't there a bit earlier to capture the before and after shots.
You can still see it at Google Maps Street View if you want. I expect it will remain there for a while longer.
[quote][p][bold]Buster Preciation[/bold] wrote: Interesting story. Shame the Baz Gaz photographer wasn't there a bit earlier to capture the before and after shots.[/p][/quote]You can still see it at Google Maps Street View if you want. I expect it will remain there for a while longer. robertspet8

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