Buckhurst Hill nursery owner faces opposition over tree removal plans

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Alexandra Toye, Irene Norris, Sarah Barrett and Pamela Olumoya Alexandra Toye, Irene Norris, Sarah Barrett and Pamela Olumoya

A nursery owner is facing opposition over plans to fell a tree in the grounds of her business.

Sarah Barrett, who owns Queens Baby Nursery in Queen’s Road, Buckhurst Hill, wants to fell a large Lime tree which she claims is a hazard.

The businesswoman faces opposition from Buckhurst Hill Parish Council (BHPC) which voted against the felling of the Lime at a Planning and Environment Committee meeting on June 5.

Mrs Barrett is currently refurbishing the site and has spent around £18,500 in doing so.

She said: “The tree is far too big and has well outgrown the nursery.

“There are also a lot of pigeons nesting in it and we get a lot of their mess all over the floor which can be dangerous.

“As well as that there is a 3ft deep hole in the trunk which is holding a lot of standing water.”

Mrs Barrett claims a public bench outside the nursery is not used due to the prevalence of pigeon mess in the area which she says would be eradicated if the tree was felled.

Discover the parish council's reasons for opposition in this week's Epping Forest Guardian - out tomorrow.

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3:06pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Probably don't like the caterpillars raining down.
Probably don't like the caterpillars raining down. Villagecranberry
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4:05pm Wed 2 Jul 14

villager1 says...

The tree has been there longer than them - leave it alone; we need our mature trees; if you don't like it move somewhere else.
The tree has been there longer than them - leave it alone; we need our mature trees; if you don't like it move somewhere else. villager1
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10:51pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jenny highams park says...

She is correct if we got rid of trees it would get rid of birds lol, not sure I'd want my child in a grey concerete nursery without trees or birds! Maybe she should fill in the hole (hardly difficult!) and put bird and bat boxes on the tree and wind chimes. Do bark rubbings and leaf pressing and actually teach the children about nature rather than eliminating it.
She is correct if we got rid of trees it would get rid of birds lol, not sure I'd want my child in a grey concerete nursery without trees or birds! Maybe she should fill in the hole (hardly difficult!) and put bird and bat boxes on the tree and wind chimes. Do bark rubbings and leaf pressing and actually teach the children about nature rather than eliminating it. Jenny highams park
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8:34pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hursthill says...

villager1 wrote:
The tree has been there longer than them - leave it alone; we need our mature trees; if you don't like it move somewhere else.
You would not be living where you are, unless some mature trees had been removed !
[quote][p][bold]villager1[/bold] wrote: The tree has been there longer than them - leave it alone; we need our mature trees; if you don't like it move somewhere else.[/p][/quote]You would not be living where you are, unless some mature trees had been removed ! hursthill
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4:07pm Fri 4 Jul 14

villager1 says...

This tree is not in the way of housing or commercial development. The bench in Queens Road is not covered in pigeon poo at all and there is evidence of people sitting there from the full ashtray on top of the bin just by this bench - unless of course the nursery is blaming the pigeons for these fag ends.
Lime trees smell lovely when in bloom - all over Europe they are valued and people and children are given a tea made up of the flowers (known as Linden in Germany, Tilla in Spain and Tilleul in France). It has calming and sleep inducing properties. Maybe the owner of the nursery should try -it it may stop her worrying unnecessarily about the presence of this lovely mature tree.
This tree is not in the way of housing or commercial development. The bench in Queens Road is not covered in pigeon poo at all and there is evidence of people sitting there from the full ashtray on top of the bin just by this bench - unless of course the nursery is blaming the pigeons for these fag ends. Lime trees smell lovely when in bloom - all over Europe they are valued and people and children are given a tea made up of the flowers (known as Linden in Germany, Tilla in Spain and Tilleul in France). It has calming and sleep inducing properties. Maybe the owner of the nursery should try -it it may stop her worrying unnecessarily about the presence of this lovely mature tree. villager1
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