While many people adore trees and a lot of people probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about trees, it would appear that some people are not too fond of trees in their local area. This has been the case in Norfolk of late where there has been a case of protected trees being poisoned. This has taken place in Gorleston-On-Sea in a private woodland, and all of the affected trees have been classed as historic and protected.
Eight trees in total have been affected with the culprit or culprits drilling holes into the tree and then pouring a chemical into the gap. The hole is then covered up. At this point in time, one tree has died due to this action but after review, many trees have been classed as “distressed”, including beech trees, holm oaks, poplar trees and horse chestnut trees. Given that many of these trees have preservation orders imposed on, this story takes a turn for the malicious. The oldest affected tree is close to being 200 years old and many of the affected trees have been left with no leaves.
Some of the trees have a fine history
Most of the trees that have been attacked are found in the area surrounding Koolunga House, a property which dates back to 1826. Nowadays, the property is split into seven flats and the management team responsible for running the property have put up a £700 reward for details or information that may lead to the conviction of the person that has been taking this action. The investigation into the attacks has seen tree surgeons from Great Yarmouth Borough Council involved and they have taken wood and leaf samples from the trees. These have been analysed in the hope of uncovering clues about who may have carried out this attack and in the hope of finding a cure for the trees.
The issue was first spotted by the local council and after some of the trees which were under a protection order were found to be looking distressed, and this set up a bigger investigation. A tree surgeon found the drilled hole in a loose piece of bark and after closer examination, there has been a total of 30 holes found across eight trees.
The council has contacted all of the householders at the property detailing the law with respect the preservation order for the tree and detailing the importance of complying with these laws. This letter also outlined the criminal nature of attacking a tree and that a fine of up to £20,000 can be imposed on anyone found guilty of such an act.
It is natural that some suspicion will fall on property owners in the area because they may have a reason to get rid of the trees. However, there are many other people with reasons who could want rid of the trees and there could be just people who like acting maliciously. All of which means that there are things to consider in determining who is behind this action.
This may not be the sort of work that is common for tree surgeons to carry out but it showcases the skill and talent that many of these professionals have.