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Cheltenham mum speaks of shock as willow tree branch crashes down on to her son's trampoline

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

Mel Gladwin and her son Euan

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A mum has called on highways bosses to tackle a tree which toppled on to her son’s trampoline.

Mel Gladwin, 33 and from Fiddler’s Green Lane, has been asking Gloucestershire Highways to do something about the creaking willow tree for more than year.

But no work has been done and last week a large branch fell onto her son Euan’s trampoline.

Nobody was using it at the time, but it has left Mel concerned about other branches falling in her garden.

She said: “There is a big willow tree behind our house and I have been told that it is the responsibility of Gloucestershire Highways.

“I have contacted them a number of times, starting in June last year, telling them that the branches are snapping and falling down.

“They passed me onto Amey (the county’s highways contractor) and a few weeks ago I told them it was getting worse.”

She believes a number of large branches could be primed to snap.

“I am worried that some of them might fall into our garden,” she said. “I am worried that they could fall on my son or one of his friends when they are playing.

“There is also a footpath which runs underneath the tree and I am worried about the people walking along it.

“The council has said informally they will look at doing the work, but there are no guarantees and I haven’t heard anything back.

“There are some really big branches which are bending right over and if they go they could damage the wall.

“I have been really worried they could fall on to the trampoline so when it happened it was my worst fear.

“Luckily it happened on Friday when we were out. I have emailed Amey again and I just want them to make the tree safe.

“They have trimmed the trees at the front of our house and the contractors looked at the willow and said that it was overdue. It is dropping massive branches on our garden and I just want them to make it safe.”

Local highways manager Chris Riley said: “We’ve been out to inspect the willow tree after we were made aware of the situation and we’ve found that it needs trimming back.

“We’re going to reduce the size of the tree’s crown by 40 per cent by the end of next week.”

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  • Reportage  |  September 02 2014, 9:41PM

    If a branch is hanging over your side then you have the right to cut it off. If she was that bothered she would have done it herself or maybe if there is a dad around...?

  • VPH81  |  September 02 2014, 8:33AM

    In the meantime, perhaps moving the trampoline might be an option.

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  • agent006  |  September 02 2014, 7:36AM

    That is not a large branch.

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  • raidermanuk  |  September 02 2014, 1:08AM

    "tackle a tree." More like a twig really! Had it been me I might have been tempted to give a twig of that size a good yank and then phone the Council telling them it had fallen down. Oh, she already thought of that! Alternatively she could have gone to fixmystreet dotcom. My experience is that the Council do take notice and act on reports from them.

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