Fears over Barnwood tree which could 'topple any moment'
A DISEASED tree in Barnwood is causing concern for residents after noticing its spotty leaves.
The horse chestnut tree is on land which is believed to never have been adopted by anyone in Barnwood Avenue.
Ward councillor Lise Noakes said: "We are currently doing a land registry search to find out who owns this piece of land, it seems that it has never been adopted by anyone.
"Those who live nearby are getting concerned because the leaves from the tree have turned spotty and look a slightly sickly colour."
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Residents now fear it could topple at any minute following a similar incident with a tree in October last year.
Mrs Noakes added: "The last thing we want is for it to fall into someone's garden. At the minute it looks ok, but it could get worse.
"We have had the experts out here to have a look and make sure it is safe for now, until we found out who owns the land."
Resident Bob Yorke, of Barnwood Avenue, said: "I am not a tree expert but it does have spotty leaves.
"Last year the same tree opposite was planted to mark King Richard's coronation along with this tree. But that fell over into a neighbour's garden.
"I am concerned that this tree will fall into my next-door neighbour's garden."
Resident Margaret Greaves, who lives opposite the land, has also noticed the change in appearance.
Margaret said: "It is a chestnut tree and the leaves should not be drying up the way that they are.
"It started to look dry last year but it has got a bit worse now."
While the search for the landowners continues, Gloucester City Council is working with residents to come to a solution.
A council spokesman said: "The tree in question is not on council land; however we are working with the local community to try and find the registered owner to advise them of how to best deal with the tree.
"Trees on city council land are visited on a cyclical basis and inspected to check for disease or if any maintenance is required."