By Carscribe

Amenity tree

This large silver birch tree in our garden is in the wrong place. It weeps all over the drive, shedding twigs and worse - birds love to sit in its branches and shed their droppings onto cars parked below!
Our house is in a conservation zone, so we couldn’t just fell the mess-making birch. Instead we did thing right and asked the council for permission to do so, on promise of planting a similar sapling a bit further over and where it wouldn’t overhang the drive.
Result: preservation order slapped on the tree, because the council’s unsympathetic tree officer decreed it an ‘amenity tree’ that is a landmark in the road and must be preserved.
I suppose it’s rather special having a beautiful amenity tree, even if it is a bit of a ruddy nuisance!

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