Historic tree destroyed by bin lorry

Resident Jeff Hutchinson with the 100-year-old tree
Resident Jeff Hutchinson with the 100-year-old tree

RESIDENTS of a quiet Horsham road were woken by the sound of an Acorn Plus recycling lorry tearing into the trunk of one of the street’s historic lime trees.

The accident, which is the latest in a series to have plagued the flagship recycling scheme, occurred on Tuesday at 7am near the junction between Gordon Road and Richmond Road.

Dr Jonathan Heatley, who lives two houses down from where the tree was hit, said: “We heard a horrendous crash. One of the bin lorries had been reversing down the road and caught the tree with its side.

“I came out in my pyjamas to help the binmen and some other people who had been woken try to move it but it was just too big.

The council arrived in minutes and we were able to roll the trunk off the road – which is fortunate as buses come down here regularly.”

To read the full story and see Horsham District Council’s reaction to the incident buy this week’s County Times.

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