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SWT Ltd -v- Hind & Steel

On 18th December 2009, a stem of a mature ash tree fell hitting a train causing damage agreed between the parties at £325,000.  The tree had extensive basal decay that was hidden by ivy.  The tree was informally checked by the home owner, Ms Hind (First Defendant), and worked on by an arborist, Mr Steel (Second Defendant), before the failure, but the decay was not discovered.  In the judgment of 11th June 2014, the case was found in favour of the Defendants.

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