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Apple tree a core issue for angry Sheffield residents

Pictured is Elaine Tomlinson of Fox Hill Close,Fox Hill,who is complaining about a apple tree outside her house which sheds hundreds of apples and makes her driveway dangerous

Pictured is Elaine Tomlinson of Fox Hill Close,Fox Hill,who is complaining about a apple tree outside her house which sheds hundreds of apples and makes her driveway dangerous

A bumper autumn harvest of crab apples has left a bitter taste in the mouths of residents in a suburban Sheffield street.

Trees on Fox Hill Close, Fox Hill, usually produce many dozens of apples - but this year the number has been in the hundreds.

Elaine Tomlinson, aged 66, who lives in a house nearby, said the situation had now become dangerous.

She told The Star: “The pavement and road has been covered with these apples and if you walk on them it is very easy to slip on them and fall.

“I know this because it has happened to me and I injured my arm,” she said.

“There are a lot of other pensioners living on this street and it would be quite easy for someone to fall and suffer a serious injury.”

Elaine said she had asked the council to trim the tree back or remove it.

“It has been an issue for some time but this year it has been the worst ever.

“It is obvious the same thing will happen again next year if something isn’t done. The situation needs to be sorted.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment said: “Our tree experts have been out and assessed the health and condition of the trees on Fox Hill Close. The apple trees are in a healthy condition although they do need to be pruned, and this has been planned for the next few weeks.

“We would encourage all residents to report any fruit or leaves that have dropped on to the roads and pavements to 0114 273 4567.”

 

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