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Tree Preservation Order application

Reported in the Trees category anonymously at 21:53, Friday 24 July 2020

Sent to Bristol City Council less than a minute later

This tree is situated in Clyde Lane, at the bottom of the gardens of numbers 2 and 3 Clyde Park, and opposite Elliston Road. It is on the highway but the trunk is just into the land in front of the double garages at the end of 3 Clyde Park garden. Immediately prior to its recent pollard its crown extended over the single storey garage at the end of 3 Clyde Park and over the ends of the gardens of both numbers 2 and 4 Clyde Park, hence its root system must also extend to these areas. It is one of few significant trees in the area and therefore of particular importance and is a long established feature of the area, probably well over 100 years old. It supports a variety of birds, its height providing a good vantage point for blackbirds to sing from for example, as well as providing cover and pre recent pollarding nesting. In Winter visiting redwings use to spy out local apples left on trees. I have seen goldfinch, pigeon, crows, magpies, doves, blackbirds, robins, blue and great tits using it a their "flying off" point It will also be important for the reduction of pollution which it does as pollution particles get stuck to the bark and trapped in the hairs on the leaves. The London plane has a rapid rate of re growth of fresh bark and can shed the outer bark which is laden with pollutants. It also has role in reducing the impact of climate change as it sequesters carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. All these contribute to the importance of this tree. It is at risk as there is an application to build a 2 bedroom, 4 person, 2 storey house right under the canopy of the tree and up to its lower branches, with consequent risk to its root system during the construction and when the house is in situ, with plans showing that it will extend to the edge of the road on the southern aspect and first floor build only right up to the tree on the northern aspect. The application refers to the need for it to be regularly pollarded, weakening the tree and preventing the growth of a full crown with the functions described above and wild life use as it will be repeatedly disturbed.

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