The Luckmore/Betchworth Oak - April 2020
One of the early articles on the EEG website was about the oak tree at the junction of Betchworth Ave and Luckmore drive. Below is a sad update to this story.
Luckmore Drive resident David Chopping writes:
At 2.30 in the early morning residents were awakened by an almighty "thud" as the tree fell over. Fortunately it considerately chose these quiet times to act, there were no cars, cyclists or residents anywhere near. It even fell very neatly back into Luckmore Drive, missing a number of lesser Fir Trees.
Despite the Covid-19 "lock-down" the Borough Council emergency services were on the scene early the Monday morning. It took nearly 3 hours, but they were able to cut an escape route for trapped residents, then they cleared a double path and piled everything up. Residents then cleared up and many a log pile was enhanced.
The reason for the tree's fall was simply one of age. The base, despite looking healthy, was steadily rotting away, and hollow through (albeit a haven for all that creap and crawl).
Now you can read the original article.
These photos were taken by Chris Mason.
Sad end to a familiar landmark
Evidence of the decay