Trees reach dizzy heights as they soar across houses
Published by KDavison for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
One of the trees being lifted over the homes
Residents in Tameside took a break from decorating their trees this week to watch them flying over their houses instead.
Four overgrown trees were lifted 70ft into the air by a special crane after being removed from the rear gardens of homes on Fairfield Road in Droylsden.
The operation which took months of careful planning took six hours to complete with residents being served up bacon butties and hot drinks while it took place.
The work was carried out by New Charter Homes’ grounds maintenance team Green Charter after close consultation with tenants.
The trees had been planted many years ago when the estate was originally built and they had outgrown the area causing damage to the foundations of the houses.
Emma Wilson, New Charter’s director of communities said: “These trees had become a problem for our tenants as they were so big or rotten with no suitable way of managing them.
“The roots were also starting to damage the foundations of the properties and as they were growing in the rear gardens there was no access so the crane was brought in as the safest way to remove them.
“The work certainly started quite a talking point on the estate as people came out to watch the spectacle and it went as smoothly as possible thanks to the careful planning of staff and the Tower Forestry team.”
The felled trees were chopped down and recycled for cuttings on shrub beds in the community.
Green Charter launched in March to keep public open spaces and communal areas on its estates clean and tidy. Work includes grass and tree cutting, weeding and hedge/shrub trimming.
If you are a tenant and would like to know more about Green Charter or its services, contact New Charter on 0161 331 2000.