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I've moved away from Crouch End now, entirely out of Haringey. But I still get these emails, and I've been following the story of these oak trees quite closely.
It's reassuring to see the LibDems still jumping on yet another Haringey bashing bandwagon almost entirely without thought.
When I did live in Crouch End I had a garden, which was visited from time to time by jays. I've been told that these colourful acorn eating corvids bring acorns from afar and place them to come back to. Certainly there were always 6 or so oaks growing in my garden, which I attributed to jays. I also pruned them (the oaks) to keep them of bonsai proportions.
Clearly something like this has happened near the foundations of 105, Wood Vale. But the oak saplings, self-seeded or planted by Jays, perhaps, have not been kept to bonsai proportions. They are undermining the foundations.
Cut them down I say, and let others grow elsewhere. It'll take a little while but it'll be fine.
And the author of the petition is more than a little disingenuous. She only wants a "stay of execution". So she can change the law to guarantee the demolition of the house. It's almost tempting to start the petition calling for more urgent action in favour of the foundations.
While I no longer hold the brief for Haringey LibDems as I once did, I am not convinced that, the LibDems [are] still jumping on yet another Haringey bashing bandwagon almost entirely without thought.
When it comes to trees, foundations and subsidence, Insurance companies seem to have a rule of one-size fits all approach.
I do not know the details of the oaks but I can relate a story closer to home that has parallels.
Some years ago, a neighbour made an insurance claim for subsidence and work was performed on the foundations. The insurance company would not reinsure unless the Council felled a nearby tree, that was held to be responsible for the subsidence.
Other neighbours expressed concern at the loss of the tree and a conference was held to which the Council tree officer was invited. I was probably not alone in respecting his professional approach. They like trees. They try to keep them where possible.
As the removal of water-attracting roots can lead to either heave or further subsidence, sometimes tree-removal can do more harm to a nearby building than good.
The council took a stand on behalf of local residents, the insurance company was stood up to and the tree lived to flutter its leaves another day.
And indeed in this case the Haringey tree officer has resisted the felling of 5 trees, including these 4 and another much more mature. As a compromise, and very possibly the best option, in the light of the heave, etcetera arising from injudicious felling, four relatively immature trees were sacrificed and the 5th mature tree was saved.
Not only do insurance companies have a one size fits all solution, but also the tree huggers.