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Tree crashes through Camborne couple's roof

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 31, 2013

  • The fallen tree at Rectory Road, Camborne. Ref : TRGH20131027A-004_C

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CHURCH officials are to carry out an extensive survey of their former woodland after a tree smashed into a home during the weekend's storm.

The tree fell onto the roof of the rented home on Rectory Road in Camborne during the early hours of Sunday.

A young Polish couple, who were sleeping in the front of the house, had a lucky escape when branches of the tree impaled their roof, crashing into a spare bedroom.

Firefighters attended the scene at about 1.40am and helped cover up a hole in the roof and window.

The damage came ahead of more wild winds and torrential rain on Sunday night and into Monday.

The couple stayed in a hotel while the tree was removed and were believed to be back in their home by Tuesday.

Part of Rectory Road, between Tregenna Lane junction and the A3047 Church Street junction, remained partially blocked by the tree for several hours.

The tree is one of more than 30 mature trees in the neighbouring Spinney woodland next to the church yard.

The area had been overgrown and was part of Camborne Parish Church.

The Reverend Mike Firbank said the woodland was owned and run by the Spinney Action Group, who renovated the site, creating a wildlife trail.

He said: "It's a complicated agreement. If the group, which is a charitable trust, folds then the woodland would revert back to the Diocese of Truro.

"It is terrible that this has happened. We had a professional tree surgeon conduct a full survey of all the trees in the Spinney and churchyard two years ago. They removed several trees and did work to others.

"Thankfully no one was hurt," he added.

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