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We have a client who owns a forestry block.

During recent storm events, trees fell onto power lines, causing damage.

My understanding is that in order to be legally liable, the trees need to have been found to be unhealthy or dangerous - is that correct?

Is it reasonable in your view, to consider perfectly healthy & well-maintained trees to be dangerous because of where they are planted (10-20 years previously)

Thanks for your help.

Crossley Gates:

Your understanding is correct.

I can't comment on whether 10 to 20-year-old trees could be unhealthy or dangerous simply because of their age. You would need to consult a suitably experienced arborist.


Sept 2023

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