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09 July 2021

Please tell us the general subject of your request (e.g. Burials paid for by the council)
Tree officer reports on Majestic Ancient Oaks

Please provide full details of your request (e.g. Please provide details of the number of burials paid for by the council each year between 2001 and 2012)
On April 1st 2015 the second if two majestic oaks was felled in a field belonging to Birchwood School. The field is bounded by Parsonage Lane, Dunmow Road and Raynham Road.

The site was visited by a tree officer approximately two weeks after the felling (the officer in question had been on holiday and was shocked to see the oaks had been felled. I would like to see the requests from the contractor, any reports or notes made by the tree officer or arborists on the condition of the oaks



Customer

28 July 2021

Hi
Have you made any progress on the above FOI?

I have since found out that if a tree exceeds 5 cubic meters is to be
felled, a felling licence is required, was one requested, insisted or
applied for?

Cutting Down Trees: Law & Legislation - Woodland Trust
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2021/03/tree-cutting-permission/


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East Herts Council Response

06 August 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

Please tell us the general subject of your request (e.g. Burials paid for by the council)
Tree officer reports on Majestic Ancient Oaks

Please provide full details of your request (e.g. Please provide details of the number of burials paid for by the council each year between 2001 and 2012)
On April 1st 2015 the second if two majestic oaks was felled in a field belonging to Birchwood School. The field is bounded by Parsonage Lane, Dunmow Road and Raynham Road.

The site was visited by a tree officer approximately two weeks after the felling (the officer in question had been on holiday and was shocked to see the oaks had been felled. I would like to see the requests from the contractor, any reports or notes made by the tree officer or arborists on the condition of the oaks

Response:

We have record of one enquiry in January 2015 relating to a request to fell trees in this area. There were no protected oaks on the land referred to however and so no action was required by the Council.   We would have no reason to hold records relating to works on unprotected trees.

We have no record of any visit by a tree officer relating to felled trees at Birchwood School in April 2015.  The arboricultural officer at the time has since retired. 

Tree Felling Licenses are administered by the Forestry Commission and not the local authority.  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-felling-licence-when-you-need-to-apply

 

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