Cedar tree hit by lightning

Published Thursday, 24 May 2018

Tree care specialists are removing a tree hit by lightning overnight, with the 100 year old mature cedar tree being extensively damaged.

The cedar tree, in Leybourne Close, Bromley, was estimated to being approximately 70 feet or 20 metres tall.   The street tree, one of approximately 40,000 street trees across the borough, was located on a roadside verge.  The council's record shows it was last inspected in March 2017 when the arboriculturalist concluded that the cedar tree was healthy and in good condition.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, "This is a sad day for local residents who enjoyed the magnificence of this mature cedar tree and a stark reminder of just what a potent force our weather can be.  I would like to thank residents for reporting this incident to us.  I would remind residents that our tree care contractors are available in emergencies around the clock, 365 days a year and whereas most reports ideally should be submitted via our website for maximum efficiency, please do call us in emergencies."

Gristwood and Toms, the council's tree care contractors, are responsible for maintaining the council's tree stock in streets and parks across the borough and also attending to emergency situations were a tree falls unexpectedly.  Where a tree or a large branch falls across a road or blocks a pavement, then this would be treated as a priority in incidences of high wind, reports would be prioritised accordingly.

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