Tree felled after roots cause problems for nearby homes

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A LANDMARK copper beech tree has been felled in a Sheffield suburb after roots started to affect neighbouring homes.

Workmen moved in yesterday to begin removing the tree, which had stood next to Tom Lane, off Fulwood Road, Nether Green.

Ruth Beeley, who lives close to the tree, said: “It was such a shock to see work starting on removing the tree.

“I have lived here 30 years and it’s always been something of a local landmark. It’s a beautiful tree and was an amenity for people living in the area.”

Ruth contacted Sheffield Council and spoke to the workmen to check why the tree was being felled.

She said: “The workmen were really good and explained the reasons behind the work.

“The neighbours had been concerned that roots from the tree were affecting their foundations, so you can understand why the work is being carried out.”

Sheffield Council said the tree did not have a preservation order and that the council had been informed of the felling.