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Would you cut large sycamore at end of our London garden?

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looseleaf Fri 11-Oct-13 08:46:48

Ok. Many thanks for your helpful replies, I think that settles it and at least we have bought a power hose to clear up under it from time to time!

Vatta Fri 11-Oct-13 07:38:10

If its established, and doing a good job of blocking the view, then I wouldn't mess with it tbh. If you plant something else instead it will take years to get that big - and if the environment isn't right for it, it may never get very big.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 11-Oct-13 07:27:27

If you are in London, it is highly likely to have a tree preservation order on it. Even if it doesn't, you will need permission. Your tree surgeon can sort that out.

Trees do not like pots. They retard their growth.

It's also worth noting that whilst Acacia pravissima are very beautiful, they do not grow to anything like the size of a sycamore, so may not screen a block of flats - although obviously it depends on perspective and angles. They are evergreen though, so in that respect provide a better screen.

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 22:41:38

Thanks for replies. Big is good as it's a long garden and has a tall, ugly block of flats behind.
I haven't broached the idea with neighbours yet; I obviously need their ok as the tree is the only interesting and obvious thing in our garden (two of the flats have tenants and the third flat upstairs may come up for sale I suspect so they might not like an established tree going.)

I also wonder whether need to check with the council but then a tree surgeon might tell me!

Also is it unrealistic to get a new tree to grow big in a big pot then swap?!! I'm totally new to gardening but just hoping don't need to live with a big empty looking space for ages. Planting it in the other corner wouldn't work to block out the flats so it needs to be where the other is!

MooncupGoddess Thu 10-Oct-13 22:05:49

Ha, I sympathise. Currently agonising over this myself. They do grow very big. How much light does it block? Do your neighbours have an opinion?

Rhubarbgarden Thu 10-Oct-13 22:03:32

Acacia pravissima is my favourite tree.

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 20:52:14

I like that it blocks off a view of a block of flats but it's annoying in that we are constantly cleaning up sticky mess under it or sweeping its leaves (the garden is mostly patio) and I'd prefer another type of tree to look at in the long run to be honest .
Is this madness?
Looking at an older thread here I saw


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