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  1. The concern about the tree blowing over has come from the comments on this forum. I didn't have it before but when someone says it's a potential death trap - I listen.
  2. Problem I have found is that most information of tulip trees is when it's grown in America. Not much information on tulip trees growing in UK. The soil in my garden is a mixture of flint and clay. I appreciate everyone's comments and as a person who knows next to nothing about trees, comments about seeing this trees as a death trap are very concerning - but I try to take them with a pinch of salt. I have already put in planning permission with the council - about a month ago when I was told about my sons allergens and it was only yesterday that I had some contact back and this is why I am now looking for more angels than just the allergy to approach this. I am not happy as to how close the tree is too my house and the possible future ramifications it could possibly pose. This tree isn't 100's of years old. I assume it was planted by the original land owner about 50-60 years ago. There are pics on Google earth that shows on 1990 the whole area was woodland and you can't identify any one tree. The next picture is in 2003 and the tree then is much, much smaller than what it is now. The tree can not be seen from the main road and is only visible to a very small number of people. There are a maximum of 10 houses (including mine) that can possibly see it - although I am unsure this has any influence on the decision of the council tree officer.
  3. Thank you for your response. I do feel that I need to approach it from more than just the one angle. What is an amenity assessment? The tree is in my garden. My house is one of 10 on the road and I am at the end of the cul de sac. This tree can not be seen by the main road and other than 2 houses other houses of the 10 - the other house can only see the part of the tree that is above my roof. Ie - that can see the top 20-30ft.
  4. Thanks for this link. I will look into it further. Unsure if the council will consider information from insurance companies as being reputable. I can't see Tulip Trees on the specific list but from looking at what is on the list - it is likely the tree would be considered too close for safety.
  5. I assume from responses so far that there is nothing I can quote/use to show how far a large tree should be from your property?
  6. Hi, I did consider this but was quoted £800 for a report. Does this seem about right? It seemed excessively high to me - when this is something I thought I might be able to do myself.
  7. We moved into the propety in the summer. We moved from an area which was more densely populated with few trees to one that is more rural. In my rear garden is this one tree and this tree is the Tulip tree. branches of the tree almost touch my son's window. Shortly after moving in, my son started to suffer with a chronic cough. Due to covid - getting this looked at proved quite difficult but it mainly effected him/ we noticed it when he was in his room of a nightime. He would spend the night coughing, tossing and turning,etc. We finally were able to speak with some doctors and had several tests done - one of which was a RAST test which tests for allergens. The NHS does not test all allergens but the most popular ones. This showed he has an allergy to grass pollen, dust mites and pet hair. It didn't confirm that he was allergic to the pollen from the Tulip tree but it doesn't test against this type of tree as the tree is not native to the UK. The local Astma Nurse (we discovered in October that he also has asthma) has stated that she believes the tree will be contributing to the air my son is breathing and has stated that if we can get it removed, she would recommend it. Like I say, I am not sure that this belief is enough for the council to say that it would be OK to remove the tree - which is why I am not looking at other angles. The tree is growing 3ms away from my back door and is 50ft in height - is there anything here that can help me? I've uploaded a picture of the tree and highlighted is my son's window to help show the situation in full.
  8. Hello, I have previously made a post about th Tulip tree that I have in my garden. I am looking to have the tree removed as I believe it is having adverse health on my 4 yr old son's breathing. It is believe he is asthmatic and he suffers with allergens. The tree is very close to his bedroom window. The tree itself is about 50-60ft in height and I anticipate it is about 40-50 years old based on what i have been told so far. My house was buily in the mid 90's - so at the time time this tree would have been about 20-30 years of age ( this is all approximate) and a much smaller size. My question is, is there any guidance / law which determines how safe a tree is when so close to a home? The trunk of this tree is about 3 metres ( 9 feet) away from my back door. The canopy of the tree overhangs my house. I've read online that mature trees should be 15ft - 20 ft away to grow safely - but I can't see any actual official guidance in regards to this. The tree is covered by an area TPO that was granted in 1990 when the appllication to build my home was submitted. I believe the council are hesitant to let me remove the tree on the sole basis that it is affecting the health of my son - which to me is ludicrous. So, I was wondering if there is any other angle I can approach this to help my application? Many Thanks,
  9. Hi, I will look at what Opals is, thanks. What would you say is best solution? My sons health is #1 importance to me. My garden is only about 15m2. The trunk is less than 3m from my back door and like I say the branches are within touching distance from my sons window. The tree is far too big for my small garden. My house was build in mid 90s with 10 other houses. The original plot had two homes. I assume the original owner planted the tree as they are 'attractive' but they planted it quite far from their home.
  10. Thanks. I will do some research into dioecious trees now.
  11. Thanks. I have bought an air purifier with a hepa filter. I bought one that has an app and it measures the quality of the air in his room. In spring /summer it was working overtime. If permission is granted, I will be taking the tree down. Like I say, it's very close to me house and already the branches are almost touching my sons windows. I am unsure how old the tree actually is. I read that they can grow 2ft per year and up to 90ft. The tree is probably 40-50 years old and my house is about 25 years old - so it's not an ancient old tree. It's not native to UK. There is no local value to this tree as I only have one neighbour who can see it and he hates the things as it blokes out the sun to his garden. Are there any trees that have lower pollen levels?
  12. Hello, I have a very large tulip tree in my garden that has a Tpo on it. The tree is about 50ft in height and is very close to my house. The canopy overhangs my house and you can reach the branches from my sons window. My son is only 4 and it is suspected he is asthmatic (hard to diagnose at young age but he was premature, has exema and this year he has suffered with a poor cough and blood tests show that he is allergic to pollen.) Doctors have suggested removing this tree may help with his allergens . The tree has a Tpo and I have put an application in with the council to have it removed. Council have asked if I would plant another tree instead. If I did this, it would be further away from the house but I am wondering if there are any trees that are low in pollen levels and are there any I should really avoid? Many Thanks.

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