Urban Pollards or modern day Puritans

Why is every tree in London being pollarded within an inch of its life?Pollarded tree

I can’t find a good answer anywhere.

I know that tree pollarding has existed since the Middle Ages as a way of managing unruly trees and ensuring symmetry but it does seem as though the Councils are getting carried away with sawing off misbehaving limbs!

It’s a great irony too, that at a time when every Council is under pressure to maintain the level of trees in their areas and keep the place as “green” as possible that at the same time they are encouraging their contractors to strip every tree bare of anything that resembles greenery.

I suspect that much of it is blamed on Health and Safety regulations. Nothing must be a potential risk to a passing pedestrian. But surely you should be able to have some say on what happens beside your own property.

Why for example did they chop off the branches on one side of the tree outside of this house? If this is about symmetry then I am a little surprised.Half pollarded tree

Perhaps the Council argues that the general public demand it. They don’t want falling branches on their heads or leaves on their doorsteps. They don’t want to have to clear anything up or to have any obstruction to their fine views over the neighbours.

For me this is another example of modern day Puritanism. It’s a case of increasing intolerance. If there is anything out of place or potentially disruptive, then it must be neutered. The world around us must be controlled as much as possible. At a time of increasing unrest in much of the world and in so many aspects of life, from ISIS to synthetic drugs, then maybe it is some comfort for people to know that their trees are not going to fight back. Perhaps it is another example of how public life and government is so out of kilter with society.