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Trees for Removal

Our Arboricultural Officers carry out scheduled and ad hoc inspections of all of our street trees. All inspections consider:

  • the individual tree
  • its condition
  • whether any maintenance work is necessary to maintain the tree in a suitable condition for its location.

Sometimes we have to remove trees. This is usually because the tree is dead, diseased or dangerous.

This page shows the details on tree removals within Southend, including the location and species of the tree and why it was removed. This page does not include tree removals for planning purposes.

When a tree is removed, we record the location to make sure that the tree cover within the town is maintained and extended in line with our policy.

The exact location for the replanting is constrained by any existing underground/overhead services, continued presence of tree roots/old stumps/soil pathogens (a pathogen is a bacterium, micro organism or virus that can cause disease), maintaining safe sight lines etc. To view our replanting programme please visit our Tree Planting page.

Date of notice    Location Species Reason for Removal
25 March 2020 Leigh Cemetery Lime Tree has major die back and dead wood in the crown. The tree also has Kretzschmaria deusta which renders it hazardous
18 March 2020 82 Tankerville Drive Sycamore The tree has a dead pollard spire, areas of dead bark and decay at the base.
18 March 2020 115 Tankerville Drive Alder A large proportion of the crown is dead.
18 March 2020 57 Beach Avenue Rowan The tree is in very poor condition with dead wood and die back in the crown.
16 March 2020 11 Victor Drive Hornbeam

There is major root trespass onto the adjacent property and direct damage to the structure. The root trespass is not possible to abate by root pruning as the roots are too large. Severing the roots would render the tree unstable.

10 March 2020 o/s Chalkwell Park Entrance Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Roots cannot be pruned sufficiently without affecting the health/stability of the tree.  The tree will be removed and 2 purpose dug planting pits will be installed either side of the park entrance for new trees to be planted later in the year, along with the replacement of the pedestrian barrier which has also been disrupted by root activity.
10 March 2020 o/s 97 Kings Road Silver Birch (Betula pendula) Many roots have grown under the surface of the pavement disrupting the surface and adjacent structures significantly. Previous attempts to repair has caused damage to the larger roots which have begun to decay where damaged. 
25 February 2020 Belton Way East Mostly Elm Various trees are being removed along Belton Way East to allow for essential engineering works. These are mostly elm which are highly likely to succumb to Dutch Elm Disease in any case. A strip is to be cleared, measured approximately 2 metres from the path edge.
25 February 2020 56 Rochester Drive Silver Birch (Betula pendula) Large cavity at 2.5m, extending over 0.5m into the stem. Extensive decay within.
13 February 2020 90 Southsea Avenue London plane The base of the tree has been colonised by Ganoderma resinaceum. This is a fungus which decays wood and can lead to the tree becoming structurally weak and liable to failure. The tree has been drilled with a Resistograph and the decay is extensive.
21 January 2020 Four Sisters Way open space - front of 1 Cherry Large proportion of crown is dead. Also Ganoderma present.
21 January 2020 Four Sisters Way open space - front of 7 Bird cherry stump High dead stump.
21 January 2020 Four Sisters Way open space - front of 7 Bird cherry Large amount of the crown is dead, appears to have honey fungus.
15 January 2020 Outside 240 Priory Crescent Beech This beech tree has become infected with a decay causing fungus called Meripilus giganteus (Giant Polypore) which causes decay within the main root structure which can lead to eventual destabilisation of the tree to the extent that it may fall over.
02 January 2020 Opposite 10 Grasmead Avenue Sorbus The tree has basal decay and is in poor physiological condition which means it has die back and low vitality.
02 January 2020 Outside 14 Grasmead Avenue Sorbus The tree is in poor physiological condition and has dead wood and drought stress.
02 January 2020 Outside 36 Grasmead Avenue Sorbus The tree is in poor physiological condition with bark cankers and drought stress.
02 January 2020 Outside 42 Grasmead Avenue Sorbus The tree has Ganoderma fruiting bodies at the base. This is a wood decaying fungus which can lead to tree failure , that means it could fall over.
02 January 2020 Outside 46  Grasmead Avenue Sorbus The tree is dying back with bark cankers and is in poor physiological condition.
02 January 2020 Side of 32 Glenbervie Drive Sorbus The tree has die back in the crown and basal decay.
24 December 2019 62 Maderia Avenue Norway Maple

The tree is in physiological decline. This means the tree has sparse leaf coverage (in the summer obviously) twig and small branch die back and also death of larger branches. There is also bleeding on the lower stem of the tree which can be indicative of root pathogens. It is likely the tree will continue to decline and die.

18 December 2019 Thorpe Hall Avenue, Adjacent to Thorpe Hall Golf Club Poplar Decayed main stem, Ganoderma fungal decay extends through the base and has extended up into the main stem, tree cannot be retained due to level of decay evident.
11 December 2019 o/s 6 Maldon Road Crab Apple Multiple unoccluded wounds on stem, cavity in base and large diameter die-back in the crown. Overall poor condition and low vigour.
10 December 2019 16 Fernleigh Drive Prunus The tree is in poor condidtion. It has a misshapen crown, it also has Phellinus, this is a decay fungus that can lead to failure.
05 December 2019 24 Station Road, Leigh-on-Sea Red Maple

The tree is causing damage to the kerb by direct rot damage. This means as the roots grow and thicken forces are exerted on structures thus disturbing them. In this case the kerb stones are being tilted causing a trip hazard. The possibility of root cutting has been explored through SBC staff lifting the paving and assessing the root system of the tree.

It was apparent, on assessment the tree has two main roots growing between the kerb stones and the footpath which would need to be cut to allow repair. To cut these roots would render the tree unstable. The tree cannot therefore be retained.

05 December 2019 Opposite 31 Carlton Drive Cherry The tree is dead. Therefore it cannot be retained in this situation.
03 December 2019 94 Parkanaur Avenue Rowan Majority of branches are dead and stem has decayed   
03 December 2019 Parkanaur Avenue adjacent to St Augustines Hall Cherry

Badly suppressed by adjacent mature tree,  tree has very poor form,  main crown leaning out into highway.

03 December 2019 o/s 20 Argyll Road Horse Chestnut There is extensive suckering and root coverage that is severely encroaching into the pavement area. Whilst suckers can be pruned, the roots cannot be cut away without seriously affecting the health and the safety of the tree. In this case, effective footway maintenance is no longer obtainable, kerbs have been continually dislodged and the roots have grown over a wide spread area decreasing the footway width causing trip hazards.
03 December 2019 o/s 50 Napier Avenue Horse Chestnut The base of the tree has been colonised by Ganoderma sp. a significant wood decay fungi.  Also the root collar has been buried during highway maintenance. The trees condition is such that it cannot remain in the public highway.
26 November 2019 opposite 44 Grosvenor Silver Maple The tree is in terminal decline and will not recover.
26 November 2019 o/s 30 Byron Avenue Silver Birch The tree is in decline and at risk of limb failure, with large areas of dead material in the crown and stunted growth. Fruiting bodies of Chondrosterum purpureum (Silver leaf) present, new and old.
26 November 2019 157 Hadleigh Road Lime This tree has been shown to have caused damage to an adjacent private property via root growth and has also caused major disruption of the public footway surface near the base of the tree.
For these reasons the reluctant decision has been made to remove this tree.
22 November 2019 o/s 184 Royston Avenue Silver Maple The tree has been colonised by Ganoderma resinaceum, which decays the structural roots and butt of the tree. The tree is showing signs of die-back in the crown, which suggests the root decay is advancing. The tree is at risk of wind-throw.
22 November 2019 o/s 31 Cheddar Avenue Silver Maple

The mid-stem has been colonised by Ganoderma sp. The fungi is spreading downwards through the stem, rendering the tree unsafe and liable to stem failure.

21 November 2019 Central reservation side of lamp column 3a Birch Cavity in upper stem of tree.
21 November 2019 Rear of Honeywell north side of road within tree belt. Norway Maple The tree is of multiple stem form near ground level. There are slight bark inclusions which can be a structural weakness. The crown is weighted over adjacent car park.
21 November 2019 Rear of 16 Little Hayes south side south side of road Ash Tree of poor form and structure with cavity in upper stem. Suppressed crown.
21 November 2019 Rear of 14/15 Little Hayes south side south side of road Ash Tree of poor form with asymmetrical suppressed crown.
21 November 2019 Rear of 15 Ashcombe Close south side south side of road Ash The tree has dead wood and die back in crown. It is of generally low vitality. Cavity in upper stem.It is thought this tree is in terminal decline.
21 November 2019 Rear of 16 Ashcombe Close south side south side of road Ash The tree has dead wood and die back in crown. It is of generally low vitality. It appears to be deteriorating.
21 November 2019 67 Henry Apple Crab Apple

The tree is dead. It was noted at the time of inspection that fungal fruiting bodies of Chondrostereum purpureum were present. It is likely this was a factor in its demise.

 

19 November 2019 Western Approaches between lamp column 32 and Whitebeam

The tree is dead. It has most likely been killed by Fireblight which is a bacterial disease. The tree cannot be retained in this location due to the likelihood it will eventually fail.  

19 November 2019 Central Reservation opposite car show room adjacent to Progress Road Goat Willow This is a self sown shrub like tree that has not been planted so is in essence a weed. Its multi stem low form (shape of the tree) make it unsuitable for this location as growth will cause a hazard to traffic 
19 November 2019 Central reservation adjacent to lamp column 40 Birch A significant proportion of the crown is dead. The amount of crown which is dead renders it unsuitable for retention in this location.
19 November 2019 Central reservation between lamp column no 43 and lamp column no 44 Birch One side of the crown is dying back. It is very unlikely to recover. This in my opinion renders the tree unsuitable for retention in this location.
19 November 2019 Central reservation between lamp column 52 and 53 Birch The tree is dead.This renders the tree unsuitable for retention in this location.
8 November 2019 Thorpedeane Gardens, side of 61 Church Road Sorbus

A large root from the Sorbus tree has grown under the boundary wall of the adjacent private property causing damage. Due to the size and location of the root it is not possible to sever it and safely retain the tree. Cutting a root this size would make the tree unsafe by affecting its stability. So unfortunately the only option is to remove the tree. 

16 July 2019 Outside 25 Olivia Drive Purple Plum A significant proportion of the crown is dead. The tree is in poor physiological condition.
16 July 2019 Outside 50 Olivia Drive Purple Plum Deadwood in crown poor physiological condition.
16 July 2019 Outside 41 Olivia Drive Whitebeam Ganoderma and basal decay.
16 July 2019 2 Manchester Drive Elm The tree is in irreversible decline, likely to be caused by Dutch Elm Disease.  
16 July 2019 Manchester Drive side of 72 Maderia Avenue Elm The tree is dead
12 July 2019 Outside 76 Wells Avenue Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Significant decay from Slime mould infection. Tree is in terminal decline.
12 July 2019 Outside 74 Wells Avenue Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Significant decay from Slime mould infection. Tree is in terminal decline.
11 July 2019 Side of 24 Essex Gardens Norway Maple The tree has been colonised by Ganoderma, this is a decay fungi which can lead to tree failure.
10 July 2019 o/s 93 King's Road Norway Maple Tree is in terminal decline
10 July 2019 o/s 58/60 St John's Road Hawthorn

Tree is in terminal decline.

10 July 2019 Side of 86 North Road Lime (Tilia sp.) Extensive decay in the base of stem and root system.
08 July 2019 Owls Hall Wood, Side of 17 Stonehill Road Oak The tree has been colonised by Inonotus dryadeus and has advanced decay in the stem.
03 July 2019 5 Gravel Road Lime The tree has basal decay and has fruiting bodies of Kretzchmaria deusta present. One side of the crown is also dead/dying and a drill hole is present on the stem, it is possible the drill hole has been made by unknown persons to introduce a toxic substance into the transport system of the tree, hence the die back on one side, although no other evidence is apparent.
01 July 2019 Outside 152 Shaftesbury Avenue and Rear of 26 Lifstan Way Sycamore and Norway Maple In decline and dying with approximately 50% of the trees having died back  
01 July 2019 Opposite 57 & 59 Northumberland Crescent  Poplar

Large mature trees, declining physiological health with now sparse foliage, clearwing moth damage in branch unions to main low fork.

27 June 2019 Outside 6 Maldon Road Apple Decay in the stem and base, tree is in terminal decline.
27 June 2019 Outside 79 Pavilion Drive Ash The base of the tree has become so large it is now impeding the use of the footpath for pedestrians, those with buggies, wheelchairs etc.
27 June 2019 Outside 49 Pavilion Drive Ash The base of the tree has become so large it is now impeding the use of the footpath for pedestrians, those with buggies, wheelchairs etc.
27 June 2019 Outside 15 St. Clements Drive Cherry Dead
26 June 2019 Outside 47 St. Clements Drive Rowan Poor physiological condition
26 June 2019 Outside 40 St. Clements Drive Rowan Poor physiological condition
26 June 2019 Outside 40 St. Clements Drive Rowan Poor physiological condition
26 June 2019 Outside 40 St. Clements Drive Rowan Poor physiological condition
26 June 2019 Outside 40 St. Clements Drive Rowan Poor physiological condition
26 June 2019 Side of 20 Parkside Cherry Dead
26 June 2019 Outside 19 Hillway Sycamore Multiple Perenniporia fraxinea (decay fungi) at base
26 June 2019 Outside 12 Hillway Alder In irreversible decline
24 June 2019 Outside 50 Montague Avenue Crab Apple Basal damage
24 June 2019 Outside 24 Montague Avenue Cherry Ganoderma decay fungi
21 June 2019 61 Boundary Road Cherry The tree has severe basal decay/damage.
14 June 2019 Outside 62 Wimborne Road Silver Birch (Betula pendula) Decay in base of stem.
14 June 2019 Outside 24 Wimborne Road Silver Birch (Betula pendula) Significant die-back in crown and general decline, indicative of root decay.
12 June 2019 Side of 11 Quorn Gardens Cherry Sulphur polypore on stem and reversion below graft union.
16 June 2019 Outside 12 Quorn Gardens Cherry Half of crown dead.
11 June 2019 34 Treecot Drive Cockspur thorn Dead.
11 June 2019 Outside 50 Napier Avenue Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) Root decay fungi present.
06 June 2019 19 Woodside Tibetan cherry Dead.
06 June 2019 Side of 216 Eastwood Old Road Whitebeam Dead.
06 June 2019 134 Woodside Rowan Irreversible decline.
06 June 2019 74 Woodside Whitebeam Dead.
03 June 2019 Outside Lewes Court and 1 Lewes Road Sycamore x 2 Dying back significantly in the crown and decayed in the stem base.
31 May 2019 9 Oakwood Avenue Whitebeam Dead.
31 May 2019 Thames Drive Outside 68 and 95 Whitebeam Both trees are dead.
30 May 2019 Boscombe Rd side of 60a Sutton Road Pear (Pyrus sp.) Severe disruption to adjacent surfaces.
30 May 2019 Outside 23 Boscombe Rd Pear (Pyrus sp.) Severe disruption to adjacent surfaces.
30 May 2019 Outside 71 Boscombe Rd False Acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia) Severe disruption to adjacent surfaces.
30 May 2019 Outside 93 Boscombe Rd Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Severe disruption to adjacent surfaces.
30 May 2019 Outside 80 Boscombe Rd False Acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia) Severe disruption to adjacent surfaces.
29 May 2019 Side of 17 Oakwood Avenue Whitebeam Whole of crown dead.
29 May 2019 48 Leighwood Avenue Whitebeam 70% of crown is dead.
29 May 2019 56 Leighwood Avenue Whitebeam Whole of crown dead.
29 May 2019 Outside 21-23 Avenue Terrace Ailanthus Tree root damage to adjacent surfaces.
28 May 2019 75/77 Earls Hall Avenue Norway Maple Essential Highway repairs are not compatible with tree retention.
28 May 2019 Outside 56 Rochester Drive Silver Birch Tree in general decline, structural condition poor.
21 May 2019 Outside 18 Chestnut Grove Horse Chestnut Extensive disease and decay in structural limbs.
21 May 2019 Outside 42 Chestnut Grove Horse Chestnut Tree is in severe decline, crown is colonised by wood decay fungi.
17 May 2019 Sunningdale Avenue, side of Brayburn Court Flats Lime

The tree is causing severe disruption to the public footpath. It is not possible to repair the footpath with the tree in place to a satisfactory standard.

16 May 2019 2 Burdett Avenue Cherry (Prunus sp.) Decay in roots and base of the stem.
09 May 2019 Outside 101 Oakleigh Park Drive Norway Maple The tree is causing severe disruption to the footpath.
09 May 2019 Side of Brayburn flats, Sunningdale Avenue Lime

The tree is causing severe disruption to the public footpath. It is not possible to repair the footpath with the tree in situ.

08 May 2019 Side of 187 Pall Mall Horse Chestnut There are fungal fruiting bodies at the base, possibly Rigidoporus.
02 May 2019 71 Burnham Road and side of 10a Western Road Purple Plums The tree outside 71 leans across the footpath as to cause a hazard to pedestrians, the tree side of 10 a Western Road has a cavity in the stem and is in poor physiological health.
17 April 2019 o/s 19 Drake Road Cherry (Prunus Sp.) Tree has grown at an acute angle and cannot be corrected, die-back developing.
 

Penhurst Avenue, Between r/o 62 East St and 43 Tickfield Ave

Robinia

Tree is decayed and no longer suitable for retention.

  Outside All Saints Church, Sutton Road Ash

Tree has been compromised by colonisation of Inonotus hispidus, a significant wood decay fungi.

  The Ridgeway-island, opposite shops Ash The tree is in decline and has inonotus hispidus, a fungus which causes wood decay.
  Boscombe Road, Side of 44 Sutton Road Norway Maple

The tree roots are causing significant disruption of the adjacent public footway surface and is also pushing the kerb stones out into the carriageway.

  Outside 57 Cricketfield Grove Norway Maple The tree is causing severe disruption to the public footpath.
  20 Argyll Road Horse Chestnut Severe damage to adj structures.
  First Avenue. Rear of 35 Crowstone Road Sorbus In severe decline, will not recover.

 

Page last updated: 25/03/2020