Tree Surgery Question

Tree recovery from roundup damage


I'm looking for some advise on a rather difficult situation.

Our neighbour has a rather large poplar tree approx. 20m from our garden. Last your without knowing I manage to damaged the roots of the tree. I had no idea they belonged to their tree. I assumed where from our garden from old trees, they didn't look like roots and where sprouting. Anyway to cut a story short I drilled and poured roundup into some of these roots and as a result part of the tree has suffered damage. Two large branches have misshapen leaves, a couple with none, though 60% of the tree is in good health. Damage is on one side as per roots in my garden.

Currently our neighbour is demanding we remove the tree and stump, replant and carry out any remedial works to put the garden right. As this is not a small tree this will costs thousands.

Understandable to is concerned about the safety, though sentiment is driving this I believe (I would be annoyed if someone damaged my tree).

The tree has been stable for several months now, though its now not the prettiest and the damaged branches appear to be sprouting, the rest of the tree appears to be in good condition.

I understand that trees are very capable to recover from herbicide damage, particularly is damage is halted and there is indication of new growth. I maybe completely wrong, but it seems a bit drastic to remove the tree at this stage without giving it a chance.

I'm assuming a tree condition report would help? How much do these cost?
And perhaps some pruning to ensure the tree is safe.

Am I just being hopeful or should the tree just be removed?

No telling off please as I'm fully aware of the silly mistake! And to put salt on the wound the tree has a TPO! I'm hoping the council are going to be lenient as I think they know it wasn't wilful destruction.

Any advice would be most appreciated?


6 Answers

Best Answer

If it has a tpo on it it cannot just be removed without the written consent of your local planning department,your best bet is to talk to your local planning department an see what they say.personally think you neighbour is being a tad unreasonable and looking to get his garden landscaped for free.
Good luck Alex

Answered 11th Oct 2017

ADR Property Maintenance

Member since 1 Mar 2009

Hi, As stated before the tree is TPO so you cant do anything with out the tree officers permission. Ask the tree officer his/her opinion they wont allow any unnecessary work on the tree.

Answered 14th Jan 2018

Vale Trees

Member since 16 Jun 2015

Hire a reputable arborist to survey the trees structural and internal health. Regarding the Tree protection order It's your neighbours tree so let them sort the paperwork out

Answered 1st Nov 2017

A.J.B. Tree & Landscaping

Member since 27 Oct 2017

Hire a local arborist to survey the tree and get their opinion on the tree

Answered 19th Dec 2017

Greenways Landscaping and Tree Specialist Ltd

Member since 19 Dec 2017

No feedback

Hire a local arborist with indemnity insurance to survey the tree then proceed as the law States. The tpo should be dealt with by the owner of the tree.

Answered 28th Jan 2018

D Meadows Tree Surgery

Member since 22 Mar 2016

Roundup never seems to work that well when you are actually trying to kill off the roots, its hard to evaluate the full picture with out actually seeing the damage.
If it has a TPO but the tree is in that bad of a condition that its endangering the public, the council will have to agree to get it done.
First step get someone to assess the tree no point jumping the gun just yet.

Answered 8th Feb 2018


Member since 22 Jan 2018

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