Two trees crush garage of Tuffley pensioners
PENSIONERS Brian and Barbara Smith are looking over their shoulders after two trees crashed onto their garage in the space of a week.
The garage in their Linsley Way home was almost flattened after a 30ft poplar tree fell on top of it.
Just a week later, another poplar tree feel down at the bottom of their garden.
Mr Smith, 80, said: "If I had been in the workshop in the garage when that tree came down, God knows what could have happened."
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The trees were rooted in land over a brook just outside the boundary of the Smiths' Tuffley home before they fell.
The first, on January 31, caused considerable damage to the garage, and an insurance claim is now under way.
"It crushed our fence, knocked some of the garage wall out and went through the roof too," said Mr Smith, who has lived there with wife Barbara, 79, for 22 years.
"We rang the council and their Enterprise guys were on the scene within an hour. They cut up the tree and took it with them and also secured the garage too. The second tree is still there though."
Mr Smith's son Dave, who lives with his parents, said: "Those trees are not on my parents' land, they are on council land. They have been leaning over the property for some time, and I wouldn't be surprised if another fell soon, there are more leaning over."
A spokesman for Gloucester City Council said: "As soon as we were aware of the incident, Enterprise were sent to deal with it. They cleared it up, and also made the garage safe even though that wasn't our responsibility. A second tree has fallen down at the bottom of the garden. We have said we will wait until the ground conditions improve until we do anything."