VIDEO: 120ft tree brought down in storm “was accident waiting to happen”, say Oakdale residents (From Thisisdorset)
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VIDEO: 120ft tree brought down in storm “was accident waiting to happen”, say Oakdale residents
8:10am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Latest
SHOCKED residents say it was amazing no-one was killed after a towering 120ft tree smashed into their properties during yesterday’s savage storm.
The poplar tree, at Hennings Park Road, Oakdale, Poole, crashed into the back gardens of three neighbouring bungalows at Dorchester Gardens, causing thousands of pounds of damage.
One of the bungalows suffered damage to its roof and had the wall of its garage smashed, damaging the car parked inside.
Branches came within inches of smashing though the bedroom window, where a retired couple were sleeping.
Owner John Wickham told the Daily Echo: “There was just an almighty crash, the wife thought it was a clap of thunder.”
Neighbours say they’ve contacted the council several times about the tree, which they described as “an accident waiting to happen.”
Mr Wickham, aged 73, said: “We’ve been on about this tree for years as it’s much too big for a residential area. Over the years we’ve had it lopped but the council wouldn’t let us have it removed.”
The poplar had been protected by a tree preservation order, making it unlawful to carry out any work without Borough of Poole’s permission.
Meanwhile, neighbour Ross Middleton, aged 70, also of Dorchester Gardens, said he heard a “whooshing” sound around 5am.
Mr Middleton, who had his shed flattened by tree, said: “I blame the council for this. We’ve been trying to get this tree trimmed down to a safe level for years. Somebody could have been killed here last night.”
Sally Pettifer, who owns the tree, said she slept through the initial drama. Her husband woke her at 5.45am to tell her what had happened.
“We quickly put some clothes on, came out into the back garden and just stood there in disbelief. How on earth has something so big been uprooted like that?
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