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Neighbour wins battle over ‘dangerous’ school tree

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

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A BURTON man has secured victory in a long-running battle with a school to have a tree removed which he claimed presented a threat to his home.

Lee Abraham had been trying for nearly two years to convince bosses at Abbot Beyne School, in Winshill, to give the huge ash tree, which towers above neighbouring properties, the chop.

Mr Abraham, who has lived in Kensington Road for three years, said thick branches had fallen into his garden, on one occasion damaging his summer house.

Believing it could be dying, he had been growing increasingly concerned the whole tree could topple.

But bosses at the school have now finally answered his pleas after agreeing to remove the tree after tree specialists were drafted in to inspect it.

Mr Abraham said: “When we moved into the house there were conifers in the garden. But we had them removed and opened up the landscape. What seems to be happening now is the wind is whipping across it.

“Several sizeable branches have come off. I have suffered damage to my property, a branch hit my summer house. My 10-year-old daughter plays in the garden.

“One day there was an almighty bang, the branch must have been 10 inches across, but thankfully it went onto the field.”

Mr Abraham’s battle became a drawn out one, with various experts brought in to assess the condition of the ash tree, while nesting birds were also an obstacle at one point.

But finally, the school has agreed to give the tree the chop.

Mr Abraham said: “They are now going to remove it. I’m extremely pleased. I didn’t want to lose the tree but there is obviously something wrong with it.

“When it was alive it was a lovely tree, but it’s dropping branches like you wouldn’t believe.”

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