The Plane tree canopies at St Helen’s Wharf give shade during hot summer days.
The leaves fall during late October and November.
On some days, leaves carpet the pavement, half cover the road, and float and sink in the River Thames.
Then a worker from the council gathers all those leaves into several blue plastic bags to be taken away. Autumn leaves continue to fall.
Ben sent me a picture of a branch that fell off a tree in Bath Street. He says, ” It fell blocking the entrance to the footpath into the Fitzharrys estate. It is NOT the entire tree, whatever the Oxford Mail might say. No one was hurt, fortunately.”
When I went to investigate the branch had been removed, and the Horse Chestnut tree from which it came was still standing.
A lady saw me taking pictures and asked if I was from the Council, because branches did drop off the tall trees. She pointed out this Lime Tree.
She also mentioned some tall redwoods near houses, that she said were leaning. I said I was not from the council, but I could report her worries on my blog.
These mature trees are left from the Fitzharrys House grounds. The house was demolished in 1953 and the current ‘modern’ houses added.
A diversion has been put in place for cyclists following the National Cycle Network route 5. The signs direct people on an alternative route from the Abbey Gateway to Barton Fields.
Tree Cutting is happening during the day time in the Abbey Meadows for the next week.
People can walk round the affected area over the grass.
Construction works will then be carried out by Skanska UK Plc on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, and Vale of White Horse District Council, on the same stretch of cycle path, and The path will be closed until 18th November 2020 (subject to good weather).