Living in fear of falling trees in Welwyn Garden City

A DAD fears for his children's safety after a 50ft tree crashed down into his garden. The hornbeam fell from woodland behind Scholars Mews in WGC, while Douglas Boyes and his family were out. Mr Boyes, who has two boys, aged four years and seven months,

A DAD fears for his children's safety after a 50ft tree crashed down into his garden.

The hornbeam fell from woodland behind Scholars Mews in WGC, while Douglas Boyes and his family were out.

Mr Boyes, who has two boys, aged four years and seven months, said he was "terrified" about it happening again.

"It really was scary. It wasn't even windy," the 43-year-old said. "Do other families in WGC live in fear of what might happen on a windy day?


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"We were lucky it only landed in the garden. It's only a matter of time until it hits the house and my children sleep on that side of the house."

The tree also demolished the garden fence on its way down and now Mr Boyes is calling for the trees - on county council-owned land - to be looked after on a more regular basis.

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Mr Boyes added: "The council seems to have a 'trees before people' attitude in this area.

"While I'm proud of the many lovely trees and gardens in this pleasant area, I am concerned their lack of attention to the condition and height of many of the trees on council land are putting peoples lives at risk."

A county council spokesman said the hornbeam which toppled was rotten. The debris was removed from the garden this afternoon (Monday).

He added: "We are going to be doing an inspection of all the trees at the back of the houses in Scholars Mews, to ensure nothing like this happens again.

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