Over the last few years many will know that there have been a number of incidents/complaints about the state of the paving stones around the tree outside the library. Some of these have involved a number of people slipping and falling due to the disturbance caused by the roots lifting the paving slabs. They also become very slippery due to rain, roosting pigeons leaving waste and fallen leaves etc. Sadly, efforts to improve matters over several years have been unsuccessful. It has become, dare we say, a genuine Health and Safety Risk.
The situation has been under investigation for some time. Knowle Society has been fully informed and consulted throughout the Council’s investigations and attended site visits with our Councillors and others. We were all very keen that the tree should be retained if at all possible. However, we have reluctantly accepted that it has sadly grown too big for its location with its roots spreading ever further. It will only continue to grow even bigger as it is not an old tree (25 years to be precise).
However on the bright side, the Society has been in contact with a tree sculptor and the intention is to save enough of the trunk of the tree to allow the sculptor to create a feature in place of the tree outside the entrance to the library. The Society is prepared to find funding for this enhancement to the approach to the Library. We are advised that the Council will plant other trees, ideally in Knowle, to take the place of the one we are losing.
The tree will be removed over the next week, followed by works to reinstate the paving. The works will cause some obstruction to the usual entrance into the Library, but access will be retained via the rear entrance.