Police and landscaping company tackle fallen tree blocking road in Woolmer Green
PUBLISHED: 10:28 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 28 September 2016
A joint effort from police in Welwyn Hatfield and a local landscaping company saw that a busy road was quickly opened in Woolmer Green after a tree fell over both carriageways.
At around 7.30am on Thursday, September 22 it was reported to police that a large fallen tree was blocking the road on Mardley Hill.
When police arrived at the scene they found that a large section of the tree was across both carriageways, blocking the lanes and causing major delays to rush-hour traffic.
PCs Sarah Lingard and Warren Potter attempted to remove it and clear the road while the Highways Agency was en route. A local resident lent them a handsaw.
Local landscape company James Howe Landscapes, who were working at a property nearby, saw what was happening just after 8am and provided three of their employees with chainsaws.
With their help, the tree was cut into pieces and quickly removed, and the road was reopened at 8.30am, before the Highways Agency arrived.
PC Warren Potter, from Welwyn Hatfield Intervention Team, said: “It was fantastic that the landscaping company were able to help us in this instance.
“If they hadn’t been there, we would have done our best until the highways authority arrived and the traffic delays would have been even worse.
“One of the landscapers examined the trunk of the tree and determined that it was rotten. In addition to this, a significant amount of ivy had grown around one of the larger branches and the excessive weight had caused the tree to break at the trunk and fall.”
James Howe, the owner of James Howe Landscapes, said: “When we saw the tree had come down and the traffic delays it was causing in the area, we knew we could easily provide assistance to clear the tree from the road with our chainsaws.
“It made sense to help the officers on the scene and I’m really glad we were able to assist in getting the traffic moving again.”