Tree in fatal failure "had been inspected and reduced"

Edinburgh City Council had undertaken a crown reduction after its most recent inspection of a tree which fell on two wild campers earlier this month, killing one of them.

Water of Leith - credit: Spencer Means (CC-BY 2.0)
Water of Leith - credit: Spencer Means (CC-BY 2.0)

The council has since commissioned an independent inspection of the tree to ascertain the cause of the failure, it said.

The tree, a large poplar in council-run woodland by the Water of Leith in the city's Dean Village, fell in the early morning of Saturday 6 August, killing a 45-year-old homeless man. The other man in the tent escaped with minor injuries.

Police said in a statement: "Officers have consulted with the appropriate partners who are confident that the tree fell as a result of natural occurrences."

A council representative told HW: "Trees are regularly inspected by the Council as part of our risk management programme. This is based on frequency inspections linked to risk priority zones.

"This tree was not considered a significant risk due to its remote location some distance from pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Crown reduction was carried out following its most recent inspection."

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