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SIDMOUTH: Residents pull together to clear fallen tree

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

SUDDEN FALL: The large oak tree branch blocked the whole of Roncombe Lane

SUDDEN FALL: The large oak tree branch blocked the whole of Roncombe Lane

RESIDENTS of Roncombe Lane in Sidbury formed an impromptu clean-up party after a huge limb from an oak tree fell down, blocking the lane from hedge to hedge and making it impassable. Strong gusts of wind in the afternoon of Saturday, May 10th proved to be too much for the old oak and nearby residents heard a long creak and cracking noises as the limb fell down and was left hanging over the road. Nobody was injured but with the road closed at the other end due to subsidence, residents of Roncombe Lane were unable to get in or out of the road. It is thought that either sudden branch drop or summer branch drop was responsible for the loss of the limb - a phenomenon which sees trees lose their branches due to heavy foliage, an internal weakness or warm and humid weather. These factors put together can lead to otherwise healthy looking limbs suddenly falling. The oak, which is thought to be somewhere between 150 to 200 years old, is in the hedge boundary on the edge of a field bordering the grounds of the historic house and gardens of Sand. More than a dozen residents of Roncombe pulled together to clear the debris, some with chainsaws, bow-saws and loppers, and many people of all ages helped to drag away the brash as it was cut. Custodians of Sand, Stephen and Stella Huyshe-Shires, said: “There was a real sense of community spirit as everyone came together. “We would like to thank everyone who came to help that afternoon – not only the extra hands with the chainsaws but to all those who helped to clear up as well. It made a huge job manageable.”

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