Downed fir tree becomes Sheffield attraction after neighbor dispute

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A tree cut in half has become an attraction in a residential area in South Yorkshire after an argument between neighbors.

Bharat Mistry said he and his family were ’emptied’ when their next door neighbors asked arborists to cut half the branches of a 5-meter fir tree that was in his garden on the outskirts of Sheffield in Waterthorpe for 25 years.

He said: “We were absolutely overwhelmed. We begged and begged them not to, but their decision was made. This tree was falling.

Mistry, 56, said he was embroiled in a year-long argument with his neighbors over birds perched in the tree, which they said caused too much noise and mess in the driveway from their bungalow.

Unbeknownst to Mistry, an image of the tree was posted on Reddit with the headline: “Some Traditional British Pettiness Exposed”. The image and account have since been deleted.

The photo went viral after being sent anonymously to Jeremy Vine’s Channel 5 TV show, and it was turned into memes on social media, receiving visits from curious people.

Mistry’s daughter said the family has unintentionally become “Instagram famous”.

Mistry said he pruned the tree into a ball shape, which his neighbor agreed to until the birds started roosting in the tree, “which you would expect at this time of the year. ‘year’. He said relations with the neighbors were previously friendly and he cut lower branches from the tree to make room for the neighbors’ car.

Mistry, who lives in a three-bedroom property with his wife and two daughters, asked the neighbors not to remove the branches, but admitted they had the right to do so as the tree was three feet tall. on their property.

Neighbors declined requests for comment. Others on the street shared Mistry’s disappointment at the tree’s distorted appearance.

A woman who wished to remain anonymous said: “When I saw him I was like ‘Oh my God, what a shame.’ It is a beautiful tree and adds to the feature of the house and the street.

Another neighbor who did not want to be named said: “It spoils the visual aspect for everyone. “

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