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‘Shed knocked over and mice in homes’ due to trees and bushes overgrowth in Plumstead

Debbie Phillips, 57, said she first noticed the issue with her shed in January this year (Credit: Joe Coughlan)

Debbie Phillips, 57, said she first noticed the issue with her shed in January this year (Credit: Joe Coughlan)

Residents of a South London road claim trees and bushes in the area are so overgrown it’s knocked over a shed and attracted mice into homes.

Revell Rise sits in Plumstead in Greenwich borough.

The area has become known among residents for its large number of tall trees surrounding houses, but some locals claim the council’s lack of maintenance has caused issues for their gardens.

Debbie Phillips, 57, has lived on Revell Rise for 27 years.

She said residents of the road have always had issues with overgrown trees in their back gardens, with the problem becoming more severe for her home earlier this year.

The mum told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS): “I noticed it in January. I came out to clear the leaves from the tree and I couldn’t open the shed door, and then I realised the fence was leaning forward.”

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Ms Phillips said the roots from the trees behind her garden had caused her fence to collapse and completely warped her shed.

She said she has been unable to store items in her shed all year and feels like she’s “suffocating” in her own home.

She said: “It’ll be a year in January and still nothing’s been done. I can’t get into my shed. The council are just making excuses…They’ve cut the trees back a bit, but the roots have pushed the retaining wall down. It’s ruined my garden.”

Ms Phillips said her family were told by the council it was unsafe to go into her garden until the issue was fixed, but she has received no indication of when the issue will be resolved.

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