Councillors set to decide future of protected tree in Lichfield

Councillors are set to debate an application to remove a protected tree in Lichfield.

An application has been received to cut down a Lawson Cypress tree on Tamworth Street.

A report to a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s planning committee explained that it was blocking sunlight to gardens, limiting the growth of plants in nearby gardens, as well as the nuisance caused by pigeons and mites.

The owners of the house where the tree grows had hoped to replace it with an alternative one after a request from a neighbour, but officers have recommended the application be rejected.

The report said: “The fact that the tree casts shadow on the garden is accepted. However the assertion that it removes all of the morning sunlight cannot be the case. It is certainly a contributory factor but not the sole cause.

“The amount of garden that receives no sunlight is small as the Cypress only overhangs a few square metres of garden. The rest of the shade changes due to the sun’s path during the day.

“The lack of light will impact upon the plants and lawn in this part of the garden. However it is possible to select plants and turf/seed varieties that will withstand shade. This seemed to be the case during a site visit as Camellias had been found to thrive in the shelter of the tree.

“The amount of pigeon deposits on the lawn was not substantial at the time of the visit. All grass and plant growth appeared healthy.”

Councillors will make a final decision at the meeting on Monday (June 30).

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  1. Joe atherstone

    26th June, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    just chop the horrible thing down without permission and then deal with the consequences. It’s not even native or of value.

  2. A Cynical Parody

    26th June, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    “Its not even native or of value”

    Some of the more cruel commentators on here might suggest the same of you as regards your posting on Lichfield Live.
    I wouldn’t, obviously.
    I think you’re ace.

    I also think the tree is ace.
    But, then I would.

  3. Joe atherstone

    27th June, 2014 at 12:16 am

    It’s a conifer.
    Today my neighbour requested I cut down my ash tree as its blocking their light and lifting their path. Now that’s something to get upset about.
    On the plus side I found an oak tree in the front flower beds and transplanted it to a pot. It will be grown on and planted in a public woodland somewhere.

  4. Joe atherstone

    27th June, 2014 at 12:26 am

    As for me, I’m as important on here, being a visitor to the city, as someone who lives in the city. Even more so because I have a disconnected point of view. I can look on from outside and see things very differently.
    I’m shocked as to why a planning department would save a conifer. Why would one be a protected tree? As an outsider I’m obviously missing some inside knowledge. Was it planted to commemorate something ?

  5. A Cynical Parody

    27th June, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Conifer shmonifer.
    A tree is a tree is a tree and deserves to live, grow old gracefully, reach for the skies and tower over us puny humans.
    Lichfield loves trees.
    Lichfield loves tree lovers.