Fallen branch that injured man was 'very rare occurrence'

Fallen branch that injured man was 'very rare occurrence'

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

A FALLEN branch that injured a man in Southport town centre has been described by the council as a “very rare occurrence” and that experts have deemed the tree to be safe.

The Champion reported how a man aged in his 50s needed hospital treatment to head and facial injuries after the heavy branch fell on him while he was walking in the small greenspace outside Sainsbury’s, known as St George’s Gardens, on Monday, August 15.

The local authority say the large tree has since been assessed and is deemed to be safe. They believe the fallen branch was “likely caused” by the recent heatwave.

A council spokesperson said: "We understand that a limb from a tree in St George's Gardens, Southport came loose and detached, coming into contact with a member of the public.

"Extensive enquiries have been carried out and we understand the gentleman received professional first aid for minor injuries following the incident.

“Our thoughts go out to the gentleman involved and we wish him a speedy recovery.

"Our Green Sefton Tree officers have since inspected the tree in question, and found it shows no signs of being dead, dying or diseased, indicating this incident was likely caused by an extended and harsh period of excessively dry and hot weather.

"We would like to reassure visitors to our gardens and greenspaces that this kind of natural occurrence is very rare."

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