Saturday, 28 November 2020

Cherry tree felled after lorry smashes into it

A TREE had to be felled after a lorry smashed in to it during rush hour on Monday

A TREE had to be felled after a lorry smashed in to it during rush hour on Monday.

The lorry hit the cherry tree in Northfield End, Henley, gouging a hole in the trunk and breaking an overhanging branch, which later fell to the ground and almost hit a passing jogger. It was later removed by Henley Town Council’s parks team and the whole tree was felled on Wednesday due to the damage.

The lorry, which belongs to transport company Devereux, was making a delivery to Townlands Hospital in York Road when the incident happened.

Jane Gray, who lives in Northfield End, says she heard a “crunching” sound and rushed outside to find the branch hanging from the tree. She said: “I saw a huge red lorry disappearing up the Fair Mile and to my horror the lorry had demolished the largest branch on the tree.

“I rang the company who confirmed they had someone working in Henley. I was horrified and so incensed that the driver hadn’t even stopped.

“Devereux told me the council should keep trees above 16ft 6in but I’ve lived here for nearly 30 years and never seen that before. I can’t believe that even a lorry that big didn’t know what he was doing.

“The worst thing was this lady who had a really close shave while she was running past. I feel incensed that the driver will get away with endangering someone’s life and destroying this tree.

“They are really old trees, they used to line the whole Fair Mile and have been here a long time.”

Henley town clerk Janet Wheeler contacted Devereux but was told she needed to supply a registration number of the lorry in order to trace the driver.

Devereux did not respond to a request for comment.

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