'It's taken 10 years but at last I can shout timber'
A Shepton Mallet woman has been left stumped as to why it has taken 10 years to get two troublesome trees cut down.
Last Thursday tree surgeons finished swinging their metaphorical axes on two lime trees that have grown outside Carol Baker's home in Somerset Close.
Carol moved into Somerset Close when the houses were first built more than 30 years ago.
At that time the little saplings outside their front doors added to the look of the estate.
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But over the decades, the little limes grew and grew and grew.
Ten years ago Carol first raised concerns, claiming they were blocking light and causing damp.
But it is only now – a decade on – that she has finally won her battle and the trees have been felled.
Now she is over the moon.
"I feel like I've been blind but now I can see the light," she said.
"I first brought it up because the roots were making it damp in the corners of the rooms here.
"Over the years I've tried different avenues, but no one would take our concerns seriously.
"I can't say how many times I have had to speak to people about it.
"It was so dark in these rooms I had to have the lights switched on all day.
"And in the autumn and winter my husband Barrie and our neighbour Tim Harris would have to sweep up the leaves to keep the car park drains free.
"But then I got our councillors Jeanette Marsh and Bente Height involved and they have been absolutely brilliant.
"They brought in Mike Isherwood, asset maintenance officer, from Mendip District Council and I can't thank him enough.
"He looked, he listened and he said yes, there needs to be action. He was the one who said both trees should be cut down.
"Then last Wednesday this group of tree surgeons from the Landscape Group, from Trowbridge, came and they've been brilliant.
"Although our houses are very close to the trees they took great care and brought the trees down.
"I can't speak highly enough for them all, they were superb."
Michael Bowler was team leader for the tree surgeons and with Wes Butler, William Jones and Guy Rowley, were called in to bring down four trees on the estate.
"These were tricky as there were six telephone cables running through the trees so we had to take extra special care to bring them down," he said.
Mrs Baker said she was thrilled with the results.
"I'm so please I want to put flags in the stumps," she said.