PICTURED: Arson debate over Greenwich Park tree on fire

The stump left of the tree in Greenwich Park, picture courtesy of @michaelgrothaus

The tree on fire in Greenwich Park, picture courtesy of @Inside_Property

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A tree which caught fire and burned to the ground in Greenwich Park last week is not being treated as arson, police say.

But a spokesman for Royal Parks, which looks after Greenwich Park, says the blaze is believed to have been sparked deliberately in a small, hollow beech tree.

News Shopper: The tree on fire in Greenwich Park, picture courtesy of @Inside_Property

London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to a tree alight in the park, near Charlton Way, on April 17 at around 7pm after park staff alerted emergency services.

One engine from Greenwich was sent to the scene and firefighters had the flames under control by 7.21pm.

The fire damaged the dry, hollow centre of the tree which had been left in place to provide a natural habitat.

A Royal Parks spokesman said: “It is believed to have been started deliberately.

“The tree in question was a small, hollow beech tree that had been left in place to provide habitat. The damage occurred to the dry, hollow centre of the tree and it has now been removed.”

A Greenwich Police spokesman said: “It is not being investigated by police. It is not being treated as arson.”

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11:34am Tue 22 Apr 14

concerned.erith says...

last time this happend Moses got the 10 commandments.
last time this happend Moses got the 10 commandments. concerned.erith
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2:16pm Tue 22 Apr 14

rojo174 says...

This should be treated as treeson
This should be treated as treeson rojo174
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6:00pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Touch Trees says...

Re Fire
This phenomenon is caused by crows. This bird uses burning fag-ends or other hot items to clean its wings from vermin, mostly lice.
A few years ago a similar fire appeared high up in a hollow old beech tree for which the firebrigade had to turn out.
Henk J.G.Slootjes Senior Arborist The Netherlands
e-mail : touchttrees@gmail.co
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Re Fire This phenomenon is caused by crows. This bird uses burning fag-ends or other hot items to clean its wings from vermin, mostly lice. A few years ago a similar fire appeared high up in a hollow old beech tree for which the firebrigade had to turn out. Henk J.G.Slootjes Senior Arborist The Netherlands e-mail : touchttrees@gmail.co m Touch Trees
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9:18pm Wed 21 May 14

Scorpio-Tiger says...

Mr Slootjes is thinking of carrion crow behaviour. I don't think the crows in Greenwich Park are carrion crows.
Mr Slootjes is thinking of carrion crow behaviour. I don't think the crows in Greenwich Park are carrion crows. Scorpio-Tiger
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