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Chichester tree fall puts path out of action

Jonathan Parrott and his granddaughter Caia Marsh, eight, with the tree that fell outside his house. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C140004-3

Jonathan Parrott and his granddaughter Caia Marsh, eight, with the tree that fell outside his house. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C140004-3

A GIANT tree that fell in a Christmas Eve storm still covers a Chichester garden.

The pine landed in Jonathan Parrott’s garden, in Croft Mead.

“I estimate it was around 50 to 60 feet tall before becoming horizontal,” he said.

“The tree missed the front wall of my property by about five feet and came to rest across a public footpath.

“Fortunately as this happened in the early hours no one was hurt and the only inconvenience is that members of the public have to use my and my neighbour’s front gardens as a temporary footpath.”

The tree was standing on common land owned by Hyde Martlet.

Mr Parrott reported the tree fall at the time, then again on New Year’s Eve, but was told they were still dealing with other emergencies.

“My main complaint was that Hyde Martlet don’t seem to care,” he said afterwards, adding he was surprised not to have been contacted at all about the tree fall.

“When you consider what could have happened with the tree in such close proximity to housing and a public footpath; if it had belonged to me I would have done my utmost to placate all those it had affected,” he said.

Jane Ball, Hyde’s regional director, said a surveyor would visit the tree on Wednesday (January 15) to assess the damage.

“I’m sorry for the inconvenience caused to Mr Parrott and would like to assure him that we’re doing everything within our power to complete the clearance as swiftly as we can,” she said.

 

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