Felbrigg Hall branch death: National Trust not to blame – BBC News

“The National Trust was not to blame for the death of an 11-year-old schoolboy fatally crushed by a branch in woods in Norfolk, the High Court has decided.”

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BBC News, 27th July 2011

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National Trust sued after boy killed by falling tree – Daily Telegraph

“The National Trust is being sued for damages after a boy was killed when a two-ton tree branch collapsed on to a school party at a stately home.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd June 2011

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Giant leylandii in suburban front garden incense neighbours – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2010 in ASBOs, local government, news, trees by sally

“Plymouth residents have complained to the council about the 10-metre trees outside David Alvand’s home.”

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The Guardian, 6th September 2010

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Couple fined £2,000 for hedge infringement – The Independent

Posted August 26th, 2010 in fines, local government, news, planning, trees by sally

“A  couple have been fined £2,000 for allowing their garden hedges to grow too tall.”

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The Independent, 26th August 2010

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Judge takes 12,000 words to define a tree – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2009 in news, trees by sally

“A High Court judge, Mr Justice Cranston, has taken 12,000 words to answer the question: What is a tree?”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2009

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Couple taken to court for pruning ‘dangerous’ trees – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 19th, 2009 in news, trees by sally

“An elderly couple were taken to court by their local council for pruning trees behind their home.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2009

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Rockall v Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – WLR Daily

Posted July 8th, 2008 in law reports, trees by sally

Rockall v Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; [2008] WLR (D) 227

“It was not possible for the court to provide an all-embracing test of what constituted a ‘garden’ in the context of the Forestry Act 1967. To attempt to do so might impede the flexibility inherent in the statute by imposing too rigorous a straitjacket. In determining whether or not land constituted a garden, it was important to have regard to use of the land by the occupier as well as its appearance and condition.”

WLR Daily, 7th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Feel free to run wild in your garden, says judge – The Times

Posted July 7th, 2008 in news, trees by sally

“What constitutes a garden and gardening has been redefined by a judge who ruled that chopping down a swath of trees can count as weeding rather than forestry.”

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The Times, 5th July 2008

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Plans to check safety of all garden trees will cost homeowners dear – The Times

Posted June 20th, 2008 in health & safety, news, trees by sally

“Homeowners face having to pay a specialist to inspect their trees under a safety regime drawn up by one of Britain’s most respected watchdogs.”

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The Times, 20th June 2008

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Perrin and Another v Northampton County Council – Times Law Reports

Posted January 21st, 2008 in law reports, trees by sally

Perrin and Another v Northampton County Council

Court of Appeal

“Where the roots of a tree subject to a tree preservation order damaged or threatened to damage the foundations of a neighbour’s house, the local authority was entitled to consider means of abating the nuisance, such as engineering works, which would avoid the need for the tree to be cut down, uprooted, topped or lopped so as to preserve the tree as a local amenity.”

The Times, 21st January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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