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R.i.p. holly

Observed: 9th June 2013 By: patpat’s reputation in Plants

this morning i had a holly tree beloved by thrushes then i went for a walk and a neighbour hopped over the fence and cut it down. gutted wish evrything had fledged.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which holly (ilex aquifolium) interacts


fredthered's picture

holly tree

understand how you feel. trees are friends, and it's a horrible way to lose one. have you read Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley Hopkins?

pat's picture

kind words

thank you

Amadan's picture

An understandable act-

perhaps, if it had been a Leylandii - though a quick word beforehand would have helped. But a holly? Is the man deranged?

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you're right a word before would have helped but he dosn't care and now it's done it's done. i was thinking of replacing with leylandii and russian vine though i guess he'd cut that down too. thanks pat

fredthered's picture

It is in any case the wrong

It is in any case the wrong time of year for such work. Tree work should cease during Feb - August to allow wild birds to breed. To disturb or destroy a bird's nest is in contravention of The Wildlife and Countryside Act, whatever type of tree.(RSPB can advise).

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thanks for replying, i did

thanks for replying, i did phone police but they said it was just a civil offence.i have no proof that birds were there and he is saying that the tree was about to fall over which it wasn't but i can't prove that either. so he's laughing and i don't want to live here anymore. pat

Amadan's picture


A perennial problem - you just have to grin and bear it, and plant whatever he'll tolerate.
It's a form of bullying, really, and the support you'll get from the authorities will be minimal. You could try the local council tree warden?

w00dyphyl's picture

You could check with the

You could check with the council if the tree had a Tree protection order on it, if so he is liable to prosicution.