Upset pensioners have hit out after "beautiful trees" were hacked down following a complaint about slippery berries. Croydon Council workers felled the three rowan trees at the Ashwood Gardens sheltered accommodation block in New Addington in south London on February 4. Susan Findlay, 72, who has lived in the supported housing for three years, said: "No-one could quite believe it when we saw what was going on.
"The beautiful trees have gone. They have been here for decades, more than 30 years, and now all that has gone to waste. The council worker told me the trees were being chopped down because there was a fear that one of us could fall over by slipping on the berries which had fallen from the trees but it is just rubbish. There are a lot of people who are upset here. We were disappointed and disgusted to see that happen.
"We have a residents' association here where we are supposed to raise concerns and make decisions democratically, but this hasn't happened here. I cannot believe the council has listened to just one man." The council said it had received a complaint about berries causing a slip risk. Mrs Findlay has said the majority of people in the sheltered housing block are upset over the trees' demise.
She said: "I don't know anyone who is happy about it, apart from the person who has complained. I am just not sure why the council would chop down the trees on one person's word. As far as I can see it, the trees have gone because they were blocking one person's view and that is just not on. Everyone is very upset here."