Tree traps people in their homes

The fallen beech tree in Lombardy Drive, Berkhamsted. Photo: John Goffey
The fallen beech tree in Lombardy Drive, Berkhamsted. Photo: John Goffey
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A 50ft tree that fell across a road has left residents of a quiet cul-de-sac trapped in their homes.

The residents of four houses in Lombardy Drive, Berkhamsted, have been unable to come and go from their properties since the mature beech tree came down at around midday.

The roots of the fallen beech tree in Lombardy Drive, Berkhamsted. Photo: John Goffey

The roots of the fallen beech tree in Lombardy Drive, Berkhamsted. Photo: John Goffey

Neighbour John Goffey, who captured the scene, said he and his wife heard a “rumbling” noise before noticing the tree lying across the road.

He said: “It’s never been vertical. It’s always been leaning to one side.”

It is not known at this stage what caused the tree to fall over and Mr Goffey said it had “not been especially windy” in Berkhamsted today.

Tree surgeons are currently on scene working to cut the tree into smaller pieces and remove it from the road.