Cutting back trees

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Tuesday 28 May 2013 11.50am
I've been watching the birds nesting on my estate for the past couple of weeks and thoroughly enjoyed it,now the powers that be have decided to get the chainsaws out and cut back the branches,it's really peed me off,is there a correct time of the year for this to take place?
Tuesday 28 May 2013 12.11pm
I believe this is actually against the law, Boroughian.
According to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to "intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built"
You can see more on the RSPB website and they have a form for reporting people who break the law.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/wildbirdslaw/birdsandlaw/wca/index.aspx
The council should not be allowed to get away with this unless they have a very good reason for cutting back the trees e.g. the branches are rotten and therefore a danger.
Tuesday 28 May 2013 5.04pm
Which estate?
Tuesday 28 May 2013 5.14pm
Cheers Sarah,reported it,this is the 2nd year on the trot that they've decimated nests like this.

Graham,Peabody Blackfriars.
Wednesday 29 May 2013 8.22am
They did a good job butchering the trees at Styles House and destroying the peace of Bank Holiday Monday. I assume there was one good thing about it, overtime rates for the day.
Not being a tree specialist (arbourealist?) it does seem to me to be the wrong time of the growth cycle to do such savage pruning.
Wednesday 29 May 2013 7.17pm
There has defintely been an increase in drastic 'pruning' recently. Smeone in the Council is clearly very productive and enjoying and relishing their work - I suppose that makes a change from the usual.

There also seems to be no consistency - in some areas the trees are permitted to grow naturally - in others it's almost complete devastation.

Southwark Council has a tree management policy. In this document it states that if pruning is undertaken when the trees are in leaf, the tree will be surveyed for bird nests first, and no pruning will be undertaken if nests are discovered (unless the tree is at imminent risk of collapsing or causing some sort of major safety issue). It also states that regular 'maintenance' pruning of trees should not result in wounds of diameter more than 50mm.

I know of several recent hackings in the neighbourhood which exceed this size by some margin.
Wednesday 29 May 2013 8.21pm
Southwark also state in their Tree Strategy that 'Pollarding' - i.e. really brutal and extensive pruning back to the main branches to reduce the canopy size - will not be undertaken on any tree that has not been pollarded previously - and will also not be undertaken when the tree has foliage.

If you want to write to complain about Southwark's harsh treatment of specific trees, the email is:

trees.envl@southwark.gov.uk
Monday 3 June 2013 5.38pm
This is a regular event in southwark, happens all the time they dint have a clue .
Tuesday 4 June 2013 12.34pm
do you have any evidence to base that statement on Manionman?
I would agree that trees are regularly pruned, presumably once a year, or as there are thousands of trees in the borough maybe on a many year rotation, but it clearly doesn't 'happen all the time' and do you really think that Southwark Council employ tree surgeons who don't have a clue? There's almost certainly a tree officer in the council, trained and knowledgable, and the council will have a contract with a tree surgeon company for any works carried out.

it's baseless accusations of incompetence like yours that give local councils an undeserved bad name.
Tuesday 4 June 2013 6.46pm
Apparently they prune these trees once every 4 years so you'd think it could be done in the winter,early spring.
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