Search

Camden couple’s lucky escape after rotten oak tree comes crashing into their garden

15:26 08 January 2014

Julia Hsiung with the fallen Oak tree. Picture: Polly Hancock

Julia Hsiung with the fallen Oak tree. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

An elderly couple have attacked Camden Council after an enormous oak tree fell through their property.

Deh-Ta Hsiung, 82, and wife Julia, 62, who heard a huge crash one morning over the Christmas period, awoke to the sight of their garden completely destroyed by the huge tree.

The couple, who live in Aberdare Gardens, South Hampstead, claim they warned the council about the “rotting” oak on their property and sent a request to have it chopped down over a month before.

They say they never received a response.

“After my dog started sniffing around the tree I went to inspect it and I could see it was rotting,” said Mrs Hsiung.

“I was afraid it could land on our house at any minute so I contacted the council to get permission to have it chopped down.

“But nobody came. I heard nothing. We were left with this dangerous thing hanging over us.

“If this huge oak tree happened to fall the other way, it would have flattened our house and we could have been killed.”

Cllr Phil Jones, Camden cabinet member for sustainability, transport, and planning: “The council received a notification of intended tree pruning works in a conservation area, which in addition also asked for expert advice on what to do with a diseased tree at the rear of the garden.

“While council officers raised no objection to the pruning, where residents ask for advice on privately-owned trees the council suggests contacting a tree surgeon for help with defining appropriate work.

“Residents do not require council permission to fell protected trees where they are dead or dangerous, but are recommended to provide five working days notice to the council where possible in order to ascertain that the tree is genuinely dead or dangerous.”

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Dr Giuseppe Mazza is taking part in pioneering research

Doctors have demonstrated “scaffolds” created from donor livers can be filled with liver cells from patients and used to create new organs

Fri, 16:46
St Pancras Hospital, where Camden and Islington Trust is based. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Health chiefs are taking action at the Royal Free Hospital after inspectors found ‘ligature points’ that could help patients kill or harm themselves

Fri, 12:54
Alamin, Shalim and Khaled Kazi (l to r)

Three members of a Camden family have been jailed for being part of an organised moped gang responsible for a “prolific” crime spree across London.

Thu, 18:00
Activists Dr Wolfgang Kieran and Chris Roche hand petition to Catherine West MP, who supports their campaign. Photo: Nigel Sutton

Activists say the library must stay in its Grade II-listed building – but Haringey Council’s choice is to move the service to the site of the former Green Man pub on Muswell Hill

Thu, 17:32
Jude Rogers impressed Tim Peake on board the International Space Station

An entrepeneurial pupil had his film broadcast to Tim Peake on the International Space Station – and was invited to Downing Street to welcome the astronaut home.

Thu, 11:25
A Highgate resident believes this unwelcome visitor may have beeen attracted by overflowing bins

Nearly half of Camden residents face having their weekly rubbish collections reduced to fortnightly from next April under radical proposals designed to save the council £5 million and “incentivise recycling”.

Two diners were injured in the accident involving an unmarked police car   pictures: Emily Banks

Diners at Pizza East restaurant in Highgate Road were injured when an unmarked police car on an emergency call was in collision with another car .

Mon, 18:35
Geography teacher Kato Harris wept as a jury cleared him of all charges

A Geography teacher has told of the “massive stress” of being accused of repeatedly raping a 14-year-old pupil in the classroom of his Camden school.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now