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South Croydon pub The Tree House loses its tree

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THE Tree House has said goodbye to the trees which gave it its name, after they began "attacking" the pub and passing buses.

The four eucalyptuses were removed by the council as part of the regeneration of South End, at the pub's request, because they had become a health and safety hazard.

Manager Megan Hartnett said one tree had grown lopsided and was pushing out the brickwork of one of the pub walls. Branches of another were hanging in the path of buses travelling on South End.

"It is a little bit like being called the bridge over the river and not having a river or a bridge," said Ms Hartnett.

"We are quite upset they are gone but two of them were causing problems. One was attacking the buses and it made quite a crash as they went past."

But Ms Hartnett said the Tree House will not lose their identity.

"We'll always be the Tree House," she said. "Customers are in shock and have asked where they have gone, but we're still here!"

One of the trees was on the street outside of the pub's fence. A council spokesman said this will be replaced when the works to the pavement are finished. The other three were in the pub garden.

"I'm not sure how big the new tree will be so we're waiting for them to put that up and we'll feel a bit more secure with that being there," said Ms Hartnett.

"We do have a lot of artificial plants in our garden anyway so it is still quite green, which is good. And hopefully before summer next year we'll have something bigger and better to show off," she added."

A council spokesman said: "Two trees inside the property were removed at the vendor's request because they were causing damage to the property. The tree on council land will be replaced."

Ms Hartnett said the damaged wall is being rebuilt.

South Croydon pub The Tree House loses its tree


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