March 21, 2002 12:08
A MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer has won her battle to have giant leylandii trees cut back from outside her home.
The 30ft tall fast-growing trees have been casting a huge shadow on Susan Griffith-Jones's bungalow for months, blocking her television signal.
She relies on her TV for entertainment because she finds it difficult to get out.
Mrs Griffith-Jones, of Nightingale Cottages, Lakenham, first complained to Broadland Housing Association - her landlord - about the overgrown trees in autumn.
But the problem has since got worse and the trees have sprouted even further.
The association has arranged for Norfolk County Council to trim the trees, which grow up to four feet a year, on Monday. "Being an MS-sufferer I spend a lot of time at home and my television is a lifeline to the outside world," said Mrs Griffith-Jones.
"But the trees have grown so high they are blocking my Sky dish, and when it's windy I can't even get a terrestrial picture.
"I don't want them completely cut down because they do attract wildlife such as squirrels, which I enjoy watching through the window. I just want them to be trimmed on an annual basis because they grow so quickly."
Bob Prince, director of operations for Broadland Housing Association, said the association had first requested the work last autumn.
"When you get wet conditions these trees can grow like mad. We are very careful not to plant leylandii because they do need a lot of management."
John Birchall, spokesman for Norfolk County Council, said the work would take place on Monday.
"Three metres will be taken off the plants and they will be reshaped. The reason the work was not done earlier was because of the frosty conditions over the winter. The trees could have died if we had cut them back in November."
Mrs Griffith-Jones's daughter Louisa works for a television station and was in New York last September 11 - the day of the terrorist attacks.
"She's going back to New York this year and it will be reassuring to
have a television signal to check nothing bad happens this time," Mrs Griffith-Jones
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